Abdul Latif Ibrahimi formally assumed charge as the new provincial governor of the northern Balkh province of Afghanistan today.

The Independent Directorate of the Local Governance said Mr. Ibrahimi was introduced to the provincial government by the deputy policy chief of the directorate Dr. Timor Sharan.

Sources privy of the development had earlier said that an agreement has been reached between Jamiat-e-Islami and the government for the introduction of Abdul Latif Ibrahimi as the new governor of Samangan province.

In the meantime, another local official says the ousted governor Abdul Karim Khedam has agreed with the transfer of the provincial administration to the newly elected governor.

The official further added that Mr. Ibrahimi was formally introduced to the provincial government today.

This comes Khedam defied the recent decision of the government for the change in the political leadership of the province.

Khedam appeared in a press conference today as he condemned the government’s move insisting that the decision is not acceptable for him.

He also added that he will continue to his work as the governor of the province along with his deputy until a final decision has not been taken by the Jamiat-e-Islami and Turkmen people of the province.

The Independent Directorate of the Local Governance (IDLG) said on Saturday that the Afghan government has appointed new governors for five different provinces of the country.

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