Afghanistan: Ghani Rejects Unity Government

The outcome of the Afghan presidential elections appears destined to be delayed, at least in the near-term.  Despite recent statements made by both candidates to the contrary, a resolution to the oft-delayed elections seems unlikely to arrive soon, as Ashraf Ghani recently declared that any “two headed government” cannot be tolerated. The negotiations for an Afghan unity government had been reported by Ghani’s opponent Abdullah Abdullah as “deadlocked” as recently as three days ago, though both candidates had refrained from making categorical statements regarding the outcome of the elections.

Ghani has based his most recent opposition to a unity government on the Afghan constitution, which he interprets as being intrinsically opposed to the formation of any “unity” government comprised of two figure heads. The Afghan government had been rumored to consist of two roles, with one taking a hybrid of a presidential and ministerial role, which would have been labeled as the “chief executive.”

The outcome of the elections is expected at some point last week, though a specific date and time have not been divulged.

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