The new governor of Samangan province Abdul Latif Ibrahimi will officially take up the reigns on Tuesday after the surprise ousting of former governor Abdul Karim Khudam over the weekend.
However, TOLOnews’ journalist in the province says the governor’s compound in Aibak city, the provincial capital, is under heavy guard by security forces.
According to a source government and Khudam, along with Jamiat, reached an agreement on Monday night for Ibrahimi to take over.
However, Jamiet has not confirmed this as yet.
On Monday Jamiat-e- Islami Party of Afghanistan issued a press statement condemning government’s decision to replace Khudam.
The party said Jamiat-e-Islami party had been a key party during the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG) and that the dismissal of the governor was unjustified, one-sided and in contravention of the political agreement forged at the time of the NUGs establishment.
According to Jamiat’s statement, Khudam was appointed as the Samangan governor based on the NUG agreement.
On Sunday, Khudam also said government does not have the authority to fire him and that he refused to accept the decision. Khudam’s deputy, Dr Zia, was also dismissed.
Khudam’s dismissal comes just two months after Ghani ousted another Jamiat governor, Balkh’s Atta Mohammad Noor.
Noor has refused to step down and is adamant that any decision about his removal is a Jamiat decision and not government’s.
Ghani on Saturday appointed new governors for Laghman, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Samangan and Kunduz provinces.
An IDLG statement said the five governors were appointed based on recommendations of the directorate.
Abdul Jabbar Naeemi was appointed as governor for northern Kunduz province, Asif Nang, who previously served as Farah governor, has been appointed as the governor of eastern Laghman province.
Anwar Khan Ishaqzai has been appointed as governor for central Logar province, Dr. Shajehan for central Maidan Wardak province and Abdul Latif Ibrahimi for northern Samangan province, the statement said.
No details were given as to why the former governors were ousted.