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Presidential Palace Reacts to Candidates Suggestion of Interim Govt

Presidential Palace Reacts to Candidates Suggestion of Interim Govt

KABUL – The Presidential Palace, reacted to candidates’ suggestion of interim government as the “best option” to protect country’s political system, saying the “proposed mechanisms by a number of presidential candidates have no legal basis”.
Haroon Chakhansuri, Deputy Chief of Staff and Spokesperson to the President, said the “Supreme Court is the highest authority to interpret the laws of the country; no group or individual can interpret the law to their liking”.
“Any demand such as calling for the so-called caretaker government is extra-constitutional, and the government, as the guardian of the constitution, opposes such propositions, said Chakhansuri in a tweet. “The proposed mechanisms by a number of presidential candidates have no legal basis.”
Majority of Afghan presidential candidates had asked President Ashraf Ghani to step down as soon as his mandate ends on May 22.
The presidential election, originally scheduled for April this year, has been postponed twice now to September 28.
The suggestions come as Afghan politicians tend to fill the power gap from May 22 until the next leader that will be determined after 2019 presidential elections due on September 28.
But the candidates, in a declaration issued Monday, said continuation of the incumbent government’s duty after May 22 is illegal and in contravention to the Constitution of Afghanistan.
Based on the declaration, the president and his deputies could continue until next presidential elections in a condition withdrawing from their bid as president.
But the Presidential Palace shielded, saying such a government violates the Afghan Constitution and that incumbent government will continue its work based on the directive of the court.
This comes weeks after the Supreme Court of Afghanistan approved extension of President Ghani’s tenure until the upcoming presidential elections scheduled on September 28, beating his ending term in May 22.
(Sahar News)

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