No Election Unless System Reformed: Abdullah

News - Afghanistan

Friday, 27 March 2015 18:11 Written by Mir Aqha

The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has warned that as long as the electoral system has not been reformed, the government would not hold any election.

In an interview with the Voice of America, President Ashraf Ghani's partner in the unity government noted that electoral reform was the only option to prevent fraud in the elections.

Pointing to the delay of upcoming Parliamentary and distrcit council elections, Abdullah cleared that no election would be held until profound reforms are not brought to the system.

"As long as the electoral system is not reformed, the elections will not be held," Abdullah said, calling it a strong commitment. "The special reform commission has been just formed and they will soon start their work. But there is no alternative to it. Afghanistan's next elections should lead the country towards stability, and real representatives of the people should make their way to the Parliament and district councils."

Pointing to the elements trying to bring down the unity government, Abdullah emphasized that those elements would be disappointed as the Afghan forces with the continued support of its strong allies like NATO would suppress the insurgents.

"The continued presence of U.S. forces helps the Afghan forces in conducting the operations. As the U.S. bases will remain open in Kandahar and Jalalabad, they will continue to their training, advising and intelligence support to the Afghan forces."

In addition, Abdullah hoped that Afghanistan would become a self-reliant country in terms of security and economy until next ten years.

His statements come as both the unity government leaders, Ghani and Abdullah, were in the United States for five days where President Barack Obama announced no American soldier would leave Afghanistan until the end of 2015.

In this visit, the U.S. also pledged to keep funding all 352,000 Afghan forces until the end of 2017, and provide an aid of $800 million USD for the unity government's reform agenda.

Source : tolonews[dot]com
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