Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, former vice president and a senior member of Jamiat-e-Islami party, has said that he and a number of other Jamiat members have decided to support Haneef Atmar’s team in the 2019 presidential elections.
Atmar resigned from his post as National Security Advisor to President Ashraf Ghani last year in August. So far, he has not officially announced his candidacy for presidential elections.
In a voice message obtained by TOLOnews on Monday evening, Qanooni says President Ghani is against a semi-presidential elections – for post-elections Afghanistan – but he adds that Mohammad Haneef Atmar is fully agreed with the scheme.
Qanooni talks about differences among Jamiat members and says Salahuddin Rabbani, the Acting Foreign Minister and leader of Jamiat-e-Islami, is not on the same page with him regarding this decision.
This comes after reports about a possible agreement of Qanooni for joining Atmar’s presidential ticket.
Sources close to Mr. Atmar say high-level talks have been held with Jamiat members to enhance the ticket and that the talks are ongoing.
The Independent Election Commission has announced that the presidential elections will be held on July 20.
Based on the commission’s schedule, the candidates have at least 10 more days to register for the presidential elections.