The first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament), Humayun Humayun, on Monday said the formation of the new alliance known as the Coalition to Rescue Afghanistan, is testimony to President Ashraf Ghani’s poor leadership skills especially as the leaders are serving government officials.
Humayun said problems are clearly evident within government in view of the coalition leaders’ positions.
The alliance has been formed by General Abdul Rashid Dostum, the First Vice President and head of Junbish-e-Milli party; the CEO’s second deputy and head of Hizb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami party, Mohammad Mohaqiq; and northern Balkh governor and CEO of Jamiat-e-Islami party Atta Mohammad Noor along with acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani.
“It is because of the president's poor leadership. He has failed to reach an agreement with his deputy, with his governor or with the CEO's second deputy,” said Humayun.
Meanwhile, a number of MPs said the new coalition is against national interests and emphasized those who are inside government and receive a salary from government should not take an anti-government stance.
“These officials first should resign if they criticize government and want to form a coalition,” said Lailuma Hakimi, an MP.
“Every one of them are in charge of ministries and provinces and are included in the body of the government and their close men are appointed in all the embassies. We do not know what they want, do they want to plunge the country into a crisis,” said Allah Gul Mujahid, another MP.
“Their actions are against what the people want and it is because today their personal interests are in danger,” said Hamida Ahmadzai, another MP.
The new coalition was formed last week in Turkey by the three mainstream political parties. The leaders then listed a number of demands and said government needs to fulfill these.