As the legal tenure of the National Unity Government (NUG) is inching closer to its end, a number of presidential elections reiterated that an alternative plan prepared by them should replace the incumbent government.
Ahmad Wali Massoud, a presidential candidate, that more than 10 presidential candidates see the continuation ofthe NUG under President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah illegal after May 22.
Massoud said that the candidates have prepared an alternative to NUG but did not disclose details about the plan.
The candidates recently said they have prepared an alternative plan based on which someone will fill the gap which will be created from the end of NUG on May 22 up to presidential elections on September 28.
“All the Afghan people have the responsibly and to be caution in this regard and this government is illegal after May 22, its extension is illegal and its existence is illegal,” said Massoud.
The candidates insist on the implementation of their alternative plan, while the Supreme Court of Afghanistan has approved the extension of President Ashraf Ghani until the upcoming presidential elections.
“In line with the provision of the law and with the consideration of the situation of the country and based on the jurisprudential rules, the tenure of the president and his deputies is endorsed until the presidential elections,” the Supreme Court said in a directive on April 21.
Based on Article 61 of the Constitution, the legal tenure of the National Unity Government ends on May 22.
A number of Afghan lawyers, meanwhile, said that Article 61 of the Constitution is clear about the tenure of government and that it has needed no further interpretation.
The lawyers said the Supreme Court does not have the authority to interoperate the Constitution.
“Afghanistan presidents instead of being questioned, asked and summoned over not taking steps in contravention of the laws, their tenures being extended, and it is an unwanted tradition and a move against the law,” aid Gul Ahmad Madadzai, deputy head of Afghanistan’s Lawyers Union.
While it is not clear that which institution has the authority to interpret the Constitution, but the Supreme Court had extended the tenure of the former president as well.
“If we look closely into both the interpretations, the president’s tenure is ended and there no other legal logic. If you search for legal solutions, the solutions are specified in Afghanistan’s Constitution,” Arash Shahir, a lawyer said.
The Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace did not comment in this regard.