Afghan President, rival sign power sharing deal 

#GS2 #Governance 

Ghani to retain Presidency; Abdullah to lead key council 

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and political rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing agreement two months after both declared themselves the winner of last September’s presidential election. 
  • The deal calls for Abdullah to lead the country’s National Reconciliation High Council and some members of Abdullah’s team would be included in Ghani’s Cabinet. 

Reconciliation Council 

  • The Reconciliation Council has been given the authority to handle and approve all affairs related to Afghanistan’s peace process. 
  • A technical team will work on the implementation of the agreement and details will be shared later. 
  • Afghanistan has been in political disarray since the country’s Election Commission in December announced Mr. Ghani had won the September 28 election with more than 50% of the vote.  
  • They have been locked in a power struggle since then and the discord prompted the Trump administration to announce it would cut $1 billion in assistance to Afghanistan if the two weren’t able to work out their differences. 
  • A peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban signed February 29 calls for U.S. and NATO troops to leave Afghanistan.  
  • Despite 18 years and billions of dollars in international aid, Afghanistan remains desperately poor.  
  • The poverty level soared from 35% of the population in 2012 to more than 55% last year.  
  • Poverty in Afghanistan is defined as a person who survive on $1 or less a day. 
  • Successive Afghan governments, including Ghani’s, have been accused by international watchdogs of widespread corruption. 
  • Afghanistan has performed only limited testing so far with about 22,000 tested. 
  • The country has more than 6, 400 confirmed infections in a nation of 36.6 million.  
  • As more testing becomes available, the country’s confirmed infection numbers will likely rise sharply, according to public health officials.  
Print Friendly and PDF
blog comments powered by Disqus