Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his opponent Abdullah Abdullah on may 17 signed an agreement on overcoming the political crisis, said channel TOLOnews.
The agreement provides for the division of power: it remains Ghani President and Abdullah will head the Supreme Council for national reconciliation, his team will receive 50% of the seats in the government.
The political crisis in Afghanistan began after the presidential elections, which took place in September 2019. The recount continued until December. According to the results of the election, Ghani was declared re-elected President, but Abdullah accused his opponent of fraud and did not agree with the result of the vote. In the end, Ghani, and Abdullah declared himself President and in a single day, March 9, 2020, held the inauguration ceremony in the neighboring palaces.
Ghani described the signing of the historical document, reported the press service of the President. “We showed that without the mediation of international friends unable to find a fundamental solution,” he said.
The TV channel Al Jazeera said that in the framework of its powers , Abdullah will be responsible for negotiations with the Taliban.
“No one person or group can impose their will by force or contrary to the national interests. We can’t afford to miss the opportunities and the goodwill of the international community, especially to achieve a just and comprehensive peace through negotiations. I promise to do everything possible to work with all sides,” wrote Abdullah on Twitter after signing the agreement.
4/4 No individual or group can impose their will by force or against the national interest. We cannot afford to squander opportunities & international goodwill, especially for a just & comprehensive peace through talks. I pledge to do my best to work with all sides. God bless * .
— Dr. Abdullah Abdullah (@DrabdullahCE) May 17, 2020