Abdullah Abdullah has begun work on forming his cabinet and appointing new governors, said Assadullah Saadati, a close aide to Abdullah, who at a parallel swearing-in ceremony in Kabul on Monday also took an oath of office as president and vowed to establish an "inclusive" government that will focus on peace and governance reforms.
Saadati said that forming a specialized cabinet will be time-consuming.
“Forming a cabinet is a major task and it needs more work, particularly when it comes to forming an inclusive, specialized and working cabinet,” he said.
According to Saadati, the current situations in the country aren't normal; however, he said that there is always space for negotiations in politics.
“In politics, no one can reject negotiations in order to resolve a crisis. We need to be realistic, because currently there is a problem and the situation is not normal --- the talks now will be totally different from what they were before the inauguration,” added Saadati.
The twin inaugurations in Afghanistan have sparked reactions locally and internationally.
At the international level, the US and UK have raised deep concerns over the establishment of parallel governments in the country and have called on Afghan politicians to unite.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a tweet late Monday said that the US strongly supports a unified and sovereign Afghanistan and “opposes any effort to establish a parallel government or any use of force to resolve political differences.”
Former president Hamid Karzai in a statement called the current situation “concerning” and said it is a consequence of US policies and the US's “insulting” and "divisive” treatment towards the people of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Palace has said that President Ghani has always said that he is ready to work with all Afghans for the country.
“President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has consistently said that there will be no obstruction and we all will work under the umbrella of the system for Afghanistan.” Said Latif Mahmoud, a deputy spokesman to president Ashraf Ghani.