The Stability and Convergence team led by Abdullah Abdullah introduced Mohammad Noor Rahmani as the governor of Sar-e-Pul at a gathering in the province on Saturday.
They also took down President Ghani’s portrait from the provincial governor’s office.
Meanwhile, Kamaluddin Nizami, governor of the central province of Panjshir, appeared at a press conference on Saturday and said that he will not implement Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s orders afterward in the province.
In Charikar city in the central province of Parwan, a group of Abdullah’s supporters celebrated what they called Abdullah’s victory in the presidential election by dancing in the streets.
In Baghlan, in the north of Afghanistan, efforts were made to replace the governor, according to local residents, who observed that Pul-e-Khumri city had many government military forces mobilized--presumably loyal to Ghani--on Saturday.
Amid reports about the replacement of the governor in the northern Sar-e-Pul province by Abdullah Abdullah’s team – which has announced its own national government after rejecting poll results – the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said it is “extremely concerned by the events that are ongoing to replace government officials.”
“Resorting to force or any other unlawful means at the very time that efforts are ongoing to realize a reduction in violence – with the expectation that it can lead to the start of an intra-Afghan negotiation on peace – jeopardizes the population’s hope for peace,” UNAMA says in the statement.
UNAMA in the statement calls on all parties to exercise restraint and address their grievances through dialogue and respect for the constitutional order.