The United States welcomed President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s decision for reversing his decree to dismember the ministry of finance of Afghanistan.
“Welcome media reports that President @ashrafghani reversed his decree dismembering Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance. Donor confidence depends on responsible and inclusive leadership,” Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia said in a Twitter post.
The acting minister of finance Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal on Monday said that the president has issued a new decree, reversing the previously taken decision to dismember the ministry of finance.
Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Arghandiwal said the president issued a decree at the request of the finance ministry to prevent the dismemberment of key parts of finance.
The U.S. Institute of Peace had earlier reported that the Afghan government is eviscerating the ministry—carving out key constituent parts, putting them directly under the presidential palace, and gravely weakening one of the country’s most effective institutions.
The report by USIP further added that “It’s a move that’s bad for Afghanistan’s governance and financial viability.”
“The ministry’s dismemberment began on February 19 when—amid the ongoing dispute over the results of the presidential election—President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree instituting major changes in its administrative structure and reporting arrangements,” the report said.