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Ghani sworn in as president, rival holds parallel inauguration ceremony

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

09th Mar, 2020. 08:48 pm
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President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has taken an oath for a second term but his main rival Abdullah Abdullah has refused to recognise the inauguration, holding his own swearing-in ceremony, landing the country in a new political problem.

According to the details, Television footage showed Ghani taking an oath at the Presidential palace in Kabul at a ceremony attended by a number of foreign diplomats, including U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

The sources of Reuters said, Presidential candidate and rival in a disputed election Abdullah Abdullah held his own ceremony at a similar time, suggesting talks between the two camps and Khalilzad aimed at brokering an agreement had not been successful.

Local news channel of Afghanistan,  TOLOnews reported international representatives, including US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, and US and NATO forces commander General Scott Miller, attended Ghani’s inauguration at the Presidential palace in the capital of the country.

A spokesman for the president’s office said nobody was hurt in the explosions on Monday. It was not immediately clear where they had taken place. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

As the blasts were heard during Ghani’s ceremony, he opened his jacket and showed his shirt to the crowd. “This is not a shield, it’s just clothes,” he said. “This is sacrificed to the Afghan people. The head [of the country] is ready to sacrifice for Afghanistan.”

Mohsin Dawar, Ali Wazir were allowed to travel Afghanistan

On the directions of  Prime Minister Imran Khan,Members National Assembly Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir were granted one-time permission, to visit Kabul for Ashraf Ghani’s oath-taking ceremony, after they were stopped for being on Exit Control List.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan retweeted a tweet by the Ministry of Interior that informed that both the MNAs were given one time permission by the ministry to travel to Afghanistan.

Earlier today Ministry of Interior, in a tweet, said Members of National Assembly (MNA) Mohisn Dawar was propagating misleading assertions regarding MNA Ali Wazir and his status on Exit Control List (ECL) to malign state institutions.

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