Faryab protest; newly appointed governor

Protest continues as newly appointed Faryab governor works in an army headquarter

Mohammad Dawood Laghmani, who was appointed as governor for Faryab province by President Ghani, has started working as the province’s governor in headquarter of the first brigade of 209 Military Corps in the northern Faryab province, a source told Kabul Now.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the protesters have set up a sit-in tent inside the governor’s office and they have blocked its gate. All roads leading to Faryab governor’s office are also blocked by the protesters, the source further stated.

The protesters who are supporters of Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, the former Vice President and leader of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, oppose the appointment of Mr. Laghmani as governor in the province.

They had previously called on the government to appoint governors of the province through an election process at the local level.

Mr. Laghmani started working as Faryab governor in presence of Sebghatullah Ghaznawi, deputy director of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), military and government officials, and in the presence of the head of Faryab Provincial Council, the IDLG Spokesperson Nargis Mommand confirmed in a tweet.

On April 23, President Ghani removed Faryab governor, Naqibullah Fayeq, who is a close ally of Marshal Dostum, and appointed Mr. Laghmani as Faryab governor. Following his removal, the Uzbek leader Marshal Dostum showed his discontent against President Ghani’s decision. He called on his supporters to stand against the new appointment.

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