President Ashraf Ghani’s former National Security Advisor and a leading presidential candidate Mohammad Hanif Atmar at a gathering on Monday called the continuation of the incumbent government "illegitimate" and made some offers to the head of the state.
Addressing a group of presidential candidates, Atmar said the nation and the candidates are awaiting President Ghani's decision after May 22 which he said is the end of the National Unity Government's term according to the Constitution.
Atmar said the country will face a crisis if the incumbent government continued its term after May 22.
He reiterated that Ghani's term has ended and the continuation of his term will create a crisis in the country and the president will be held responsible for that.
Atmar offered President Ghani to be head of a caretaker government but quit from his candidacy in the upcoming elections.
“We want that a caretaker government should be established, we want that if he (President Ghani) he should quit from his candidacy if he wants to continue his tenure and he should form a national collective for monitoring the elections. If it is not possible, we will go for the second option which is obvious who will be its caretaker,” he said.
“If he (President Ghani) does not respect the two options, we have the third option. We will continue political pressure by bringing the nation and the political forces together,” he said.
He mentioned that all their moves will be made within the law.
“My last message to Mr. President and his respected colleagues is that your tenure has ended. The continuation of your work will prove your ‘illegitimacy’. Your illegitimacy will affect the honor of the presidency and this will pave the way for a crisis (in the country),” he added.
Atmar said to reach their demands, the presidential candidates will continue their political pressure on the government.
The country will face a "political instability" if President Ghani continues to pressurize the Supreme Court to extend his term.
“The failure of the intra-Afghan talks in Doha was a big failure for the peace process and we see the government’s wrong policy behind this failure,” he said.
The presidential candidates have consulted lawyers on the decision of the Supreme Court to extend President Ghani's term, he said, adding that that according to lawyers, the Supreme Court "cannot interpret the Constitution".
He said there is no guarantee that the incumbent government will announce another delay in the presidential elections which has been postponed two times.
According to Atmar, the incumbent government has no will to bring transparency to the elections. He says the parliamentary elections were a "scandal".