Ghani renews pledge to eradicate corruption
On Saturday, President-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is due to take over the presidency later this week, reaffirmed his resolve to pursue a results-oriented peace process with the Taliban.
Addressing his supporters, who include members of the Junbish-i-Milli Islami Afghanistan led by his deputy Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum, Ghani linked security to lasting peace in the country.
President-elect Ghani added that he would be disappointed in himself if corruption continued during his term in office. He stressed the need to eradicate the menace of terrorism to make progress possible in Afghanistan.
Ghani promised that the issues around youth and women would be prioritized. He also stressed the need for massive investments in the country, which he vowed to transform into a regional economic hub.
Referring to the peaceful transfer of power from one elected to president to another, President-elect Ghani remarked: “The dream of Khushal Khan Khattak (a renowned Pashto poet) has finally come true.”
Ghani assured all ethnic communities of equal opportunities, linking success in this goal to strong support from Dostum.
For his part, Dostum hoped the Ahmadzai[EAH1] administration would steer the country out of its multiple problems. They would meet all campaign promises, he said.
Dostum appreciated people’s enthusiastic participation in the election process and high voter turnout despite the serious security threat.
Dostum gave assurances that the unity government would do all it could to create jobs, restore security, promote education, and bring economic prosperity to the impoverished nation.
Dostum observed that, although the election campaign had also faced security risks, the candidates had gone to various provinces to get input from the populace.
He particularly praised determined efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative Jan Kubis to break the impasse in negotiations Ghani and Abdullah over power sharing in the national unity government.