Monday, 03 October 2011 19:45
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:56
Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor has expressed an interest in leading Afghanistan's Jamiat-e-Islami party.
Jamiat-e-Islami was led by Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former president of Afghanistan and President Karzai's senior peace envoy, who was assassinated at his home by a man pretending to be a Taliban peace envoy.
Mr Noor said he will take the lead of the party to prevent it from splitting up.
For two months Salahuddin Rabbani, the elder son of Mr Rabbani, will lead the party; after that party members will vote to choose a new leader, Mr Noor said.
"There has been a lot of support [for me] from senior party members and if that continues I will take the lead," he said.
"If there are other candidates, I will accept the job after consultations in a bid to save the party from recession," Mr Noor added.
Jamiat-e-Islami party was established by Mr Rabbani 40 years ago and he was its leader until his death last month.