Ghani and Abdullah to sign political agreement soon, says gov’t spokesperson

President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah will sign a political agreement to end election crisis, said Sediq Sediqi, spokesperson for President Ghani.     

In a video clip released today, May 16, Sediqi says that the two leaders have entered into an agreement on major political issues to put an end to months-long dispute over 2019 presidential election results and work together under a single government structure.    

The details of the settlement will be made public after it is signed, Sediqi said.

This comes a day after a draft of the agreement was leaked to the media which suggested that the two sides have agreed on creation of the High Council of Government, the High Council of National Reconciliation, and dividing the cabinet seats fifty-fifty.

According to the leaked draft agreement, Abdullah will lead the Head of the High Council of National Reconciliation and take leadership of government-led Afghan peace process.

According to the draft agreement, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is a strong ally of Abdullah, will be awarded an honorary title of marshal, the highest military rank.  

Electoral reforms, amendment of the Constitution and the law on political parties are also part of the agreement.

Afghanistan held its fourth presidential election on September 28, 2019.

After months-long delay in announcement of the final results, the country’s Independent Election Commission declared Ghani as winner of the elections on December 22, 2019. His main contender, Abdullah contested the final results. The two rivals held parallel inauguration ceremonies in Kabul on March 09, 2020, and took oaths of presidency.