Mohaqiq Quits as MP to Contest Presidential Vote
KABUL – Wahdat-i-Islami Party chief Mohammad Mohaqiq on Tuesday announced his resignation as a member of the Wolesi Jirga, lower house of the parliament, to contest next year’s presidential vote. The Hazara community leader told Pajhwok Afghan News he had tendered his resignation to the Wolesi Jirga’s Administrative Board. He said it would become clear on Sunday whether he would run for the presidency or vice-presidency.
Mohaqiq is widely tipped as one of National Coalition of Afghanistan’s candidates for the two VP slots. Former foreign minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is believed to be the alliance nominee for the top constitutional office. Under the Election Law, all government officials, including judges, attorneys and civil servants, have to quit their jobs if they want to run for presidential, parliamentary and provincial council polls. Resignation has to be submitted 75 days ahead of the elections.
Meanwhile, Wolesi Jirga 2nd Deputy Speaker Mohammad Saleh Saljooqi confirmed receiving Mohaqiq’s resignation. First Deputy Speaker Mirwais Yasini has approved the resignation, informing the Independent Election Commission of Mohaqiq’s intention. (PAN)