Abdullah Issues Final Deadline As Negotiations Face Impasse
Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign on Sunday said that a final round of meetings would be held with the rival camp on Monday, but that if nothing to break the election deadlock comes, he will announce his stance on the election and its results.
“We have given one more day to them,” Abdullah spokesman Waheed Omer said on Sunday. “If we do not reach an agreement, we will announce our stand and after that, the rival team and commission will know what to do.”
Meanwhile, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s camp has appeared optimistic that the remaining disputes would be put to rest at the meeting on Monday. According to sources inside both teams, the most salient point of contention between the candidate remains the authorities that will be granted to the Chief Executive position, which is a product of their national unity government deal that was brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
“The remaining issues will probably be resolved in this meeting, and a final decision will be made,” assured Tahir Zahir, a spokesman for Ashraf Ghani. Yet negotiations urged on with the help of the United Nations and top diplomats from Afghanistan’s western allies have failed to reach a satisfactory end in past weeks.
Abdullah’s side remained guarded about the possibility of a agreeable conclusion to the negotiations coming on Monday. “There will finally be agreements over the authorities of the Chief Executive, but the main problem is the overall treatment and questionable views of the opposing team,” Omer said. “We would never accept being seen as the party who came second and we will never accept that the opposing party is better than us,” he added.
Abdul Rab Rasool Sayaf, one of the former Presidential candidates and head of Hezb-e-Dawat Islami Afghanistan, has emphasized that the final results of the elections must not be announced before the candidates have reached an agreement.
“The announcement of the final election results before there is a political agreement would take the country toward further crisis and instability,” a senior member of Hezb-e-Dawat, Muhammad Daud Kalakani, said. “If that happens, all the instability will return back to the people who announce the results before reaching a political agreement.” (Tolonews)