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Presidential Candidates to Launch Protests in Upcoming Week

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(Last Updated On: June 10, 2019)

The Council of Presidential Candidates in their latest meeting decided to launch the protests against the extension of President Ghani’s tenure in the first day of the upcoming week.

Moreover, the council once again asked President Ghani to become ready for negotiating with them or leave the power as the president by the end of the current week.  

“If the government does not accept the candidates’ demands, we will stage the protests across the country,” said Hafizullah Hafiz, a presidential candidate.

The council members warned that in the first step they will block the Hamid Karzai International Airport street in Kabul.

While there are concerns about the consequences of the protests in such critical security conditions it seems that the council members are planning for the protests.

“The Council of Presidential Candidates consider the political framework of the country and the country’s stability in every measure it takes. We believe that the illegal actions by the government will hurt the political stability of the country,” said Abdullatif Nazari, a member of Ahmad Wali Massoud’s electoral ticket.  

However, there are concerns about the protests by the presidential candidates and the persistence of President Ghani against the candidates’ demands.

“Neither the protests by the presidential candidates nor the Presidents’ dictatorship can have good results for the country,” said Ghulam Farooq Majrroh, an MP from Herat province.

The criticisms arose by the presidential candidates after the Supreme Court extended President Ghani’s tenure until reelection of the President.

Based on the Consitution, Ghani’s tenure ended on May 22. 

This comes as the presidential candidates accuse President Ghani of misusing his authorities and the government facilities for his electoral campaigns.

“The government facilities and sources are used considerably for the campaigns by the President,” said Assadullah Saadati, a member of the Stability and Partnership electoral ticket. 

Though the Presidential Palace recently announced that President Ghani is ready to talk with the presidential candidates, the candidates rejected the talks with the President in ARG and asked the negotiations to be held in another place.

President Ghani issued two decrees to prevent using of the government facilities in the electoral campaigns.

However, the presidential candidates yet persist on staging the protests against him.

 

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Unemployment spikes in Kandahar as conflict intensifies

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Kandahar officials said on Saturday that the local unemployment rate is estimated to be at 80 percent due to the ongoing conflict that has raged for the past four months between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in the province.

“Job opportunities decreased during war without any doubt. If we say that 80 percent of youths are jobless it is correct,” said Habibullah Jailani, head of Kandahar labor and social affairs department.

According to Jailani, they have been forced to appeal to international organizations for help for destitute people.

“We want to distribute humanitarian assistance to them including foodstuff… and to keep them warm,” added Jailani.

Officials, meanwhile, stated that more than 20,000 families have been displaced in the province due to the war.

Residents said that they are suffering enormously, not only because of no work but also because they are being forced to seek shelter in the city.

“War has increased in recent days; we have come here (to Kandahar city) from Dand district,” said Raza Khan, a displaced resident.

“We have come here due to the war, the war has intensified, work opportunities are also less,” said Mohammad Daud, another displaced person.

Kandahar officials have not however provided updated information about the current security situation in the southern province.

Kandahar was where the Taliban originated and where its power base was located until the fall of the city in 2001, which signaled the end of organized Taliban control of Afghanistan.

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Pregnant Afghan refugee charged with arson after setting herself on fire

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A pregnant Afghan woman who set herself on fire in a refugee camp on Lesbos island in Greece has been charged with arson and destruction of public property.

The UK’s Daily Mail reported that the 26-year-old, who has not been named, suffered burns to her hands, feet and head after the incident last Sunday.

The mother-of-three, who is expecting her fourth child next week, provided testimony to a prosecutor from her hospital bed.

According to the Daily Mail, the woman moved her two daughters and son, who are now being cared for by their father, outside the tent before setting it alight in the temporary refugee camp.

The woman reportedly set fire to herself after finding out she could not travel to Germany with others who had been given asylum due to being in the final phase of her pregnancy.

The Daily Mail quoted investigating magistrate Nikos Triantafyllos as having said: “When she was told she couldn’t travel, her distress and disappointment were such she attempted suicide.”

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International community depriving Afghanistan of peace: Ghani

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President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said during an event to mark National Soldiers’ Day that the international community has deprived Afghanistan of peace in the past 40 years.

“International community deprived a nation… from peace, it is not acceptable, we want a dignified peace that people want and security forces want, peace is coming. Why is bloodshed continuing in the country? Is our blood not red? ” said Ghani.

Ghani also stated that the safeguarding of the equipment of Afghan forces was a priority.

According to Ghani Taliban is fighting for power under Islamic slogans.

“What is the key point, this is not international war, that stage ended. Terrorism is an international danger, crime network is an international danger,” said Ghani. “I am proud to say that you can bear the development, the preservation and the stability of this country on your shoulders.”

Meanwhile, the acting minister of defense said that Afghan forces were witnessing a tough year.

“People say that the upcoming spring will be so tough, but we overcome problems, and passed many springs. I ensure people and president to not worry,” said Shah Mahmood Miakhel, acting minister of defense.

In addition to this Ghani vowed that the process of building hundreds of thousands of houses will be started in the new solar year. These will be for the families of soldiers who were killed in the line of duty.

Ghani also emphasized that power will be transferred to the next person only via election.

On the other hand, victims of the war and their families said that they are proud that their family members had a job in the Afghan forces’ ranks.

“I am willing to sacrifice my blood for the country, if I had a power physically I would sacrifice myself,” said Hamida, a mother of a dead soldier.
“I have lost my leg and my hands are also damaged, but I am proud of it instead of being upset. If I had the ability I would return to the battlefield,” said Shah Zaman, a wounded soldier.

Hundreds of Afghans also marked National Soldier’s Day across the country on Monday social media and publicly.

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