Abdullah Abdullah, the main rival of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who was sworn-in as the President of an inclusive administration in a dual inauguration ceremony, changed his title on Twitter as ‘President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’ on Tuesday, a day after he performed an oath ceremony.
Both Ghani and Abdullah were sworn-in as the Presidents of Afghanistan on Monday, contrary to any democratic processes that were never practiced anywhere else in the world.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani swore-in at the Arg Palace and Abdullah performed the same oath ceremony in the neighborhood Sapidar Palace.
Soon after the swearing-in event, Abdullah introduced his Vice-Presidents to their offices at the Sedarat Palace.
Afghanistan’s story was published on the first page of Tuesday’s newspapers worldwide, most were titled as ‘ONE Country and Two Kings’ or similar to this.
This comes as the political conflicts in Afghanistan triggered after the country’s Electoral Commissions introduced Ghani the winner, when announcing the final presidential election results, which remained the same as the preliminary results with no changes, however, many were expecting different results with the most expectation of a run-off. There were over 300,000 controversial votes said to be fraudulent, claimed by Ghani’s rivals.
Abdullah did not accept the final presidential election results and claimed victory. He demanded the invalidation of the election results.
A day before the oath ceremonies, Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S peace envoy had a busy day meeting both parties from morning to late in the evening, trying to broker a deal between the two leaders, but his efforts failed as the demands of both parties were way far from a middling point.
Khalilzad in consultation with Ghani had proposed a 40% power-sharing to Abdullah’s electoral team with no executive authority to Abdullah himself, instead he proposed him to be the leader of oppositions in the country. The proposal was rejected by Abdullah who had proposed 40% power-sharing with Ghani as President and keeping another 60% with himself as the CEO, equivalent to a Prime Ministerial position.
The future in the country is ‘unknown’. The political conflicts have put its shadows on the economy and social life in Afghanistan. People live in uncertainty, but looking towards a brighter tomorrow if the peace deal with the Taliban works.