Cracks in Afghanistan unity government, demand surfaces for President, CEO resignation

Cracks in Afghanistan unity government, demand surfaces for President, CEO resignation

<link>KABUL - The cracks appear to be widening inside the Afghanistan unity government as now a demand has arisen for the resignation of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

The chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor has said he is ready to step down from the political administration of the northern Balkh province only if President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah resign from their posts, Khaama Press has reported.

Speaking during a gathering in Mazar-e-Sharif city late on Saturday afternoon, Noor accused President Ghani for his failure to implement the accord for the formation of the government of national unity, in which he considers himself as a major stakeholder.

Noor said he and his supporters will adopt tougher stance against the government and will initially launch uprising if the talks fail but warned that the situation could get tougher if the stalemate continues as he warned that lock down the cities and districts, including the government offices.

Tensions remain high between Jamiat-e-Islami and the government after President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani approved the resignation of Ata Mohammad Noor as the Balkh governor almost a month ago.

Noor says he had submitted his resignation as a guarantee to the government that he will step down if the demands of Jamiat-e-Islami are met by the government.

However, he says the government has approved his resignation as negotiations were underway insisting that none of the conditions and demands of the party have been met.

In the meantime, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass on Thursday called for the peaceful settlement of the tensions relating to the transfer of the authority in Balkh province, emphasizing that only the terrorists would benefit from the political instability in the country.