UN Voiced Concern Over Forceful Attempts to Replace Gov’t Officials
Amid reports about the replacement of the governor in the northern Sar-e-Pul province by Abdullah Abdullah’s team – which has announced its own national government after rejecting poll results – the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said it is “extremely concerned by the events that are ongoing to replace government officials.”
The “Stability and Partnership” team led by Abdullah Abdullah has appointed Muhammad Noor Rahmani as the new governor of Sar-e Pul province, local officials confirmed.
A provincial council member of Sar-e Pul, Muhammad Asef Sadiqi told Reporterly that a number of the supporters of Abdullah Abdullah’s team backed by Gen. Abdul Rashid Dustom have entered the governor’s office and appointed Rahmani as the new governor for the province.
“Resorting to force or any other unlawful means at the very time that efforts are ongoing to realize a reduction in violence – with the expectation that it can lead to the start of an intra-Afghan negotiations on peace – jeopardizes the population’s hope for peace,” UNAMA says in the statement.
UNAMA in the statement calls on all parties to exercise restraint and address their grievances through dialogue and respect for the constitutional order.
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