President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani conferred the title of ‘Marshal of Afghanistan’ on General Abdul Rashid Dostum, the former first vice president of Afghanistan.

The Office of the President in a statement said President Ghani issued a decree in this regard late last month.

According to a copy of the decree which has been published online, President Ghani approved the conferment of the Marshal title on Gen. Dostum as per the Article 19 and Item 64 of the constitution of Afghanistan.

The decree further added that the title on Gen. Dostum has been conferred for his services in resolving the political stalemates and ensuring security in the country.

The issue of conferment of Marshal title remained a hot topic during the negotiations to resolve political tensions which arose following 2019 controversial presidential elections.

The former first vice president Mohammad Qasim Fahim was previously holding the title of the Marshal of Afghanistan.

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