In a declaration, 12 presidential candidates called on President Ashraf Ghani to choose between remaining in power as caretaker of the government or refrain from candidacy in the upcoming elections.
“All candidates, politicians, and other parties must agree on the formation of a caretaker government after May 22,” said Shahab Hakimi, a presidential candidate.
According to the declaration, the continuation of the tenure of the incumbent government after May 22 is illegal and against the Constitution of Afghanistan.
However, a spokesman for President Ghani says the presidential candidates are encouraged to go through the Constitution.
Recently, the Supreme Court extended Ghani’s service term until the re-election of a new president.
Meanwhile, Enayatullah Hafeez, a presidential candidate said that the Council has started consultations with the United Nations political office in Afghanistan and other foreign countries to mediate in finding a solution to the problem.
Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah who is also running for president and owns a 50% share of the government said on Monday at the Council of Ministers meeting that he agrees with any proposal that limits the use of government resources in election campaigns.
Based on the Constitution, the legal tenure of the National Unity Government ends on May 22.
Afghanistan’s presidential election is scheduled to be held on 28 September 2019.