Ghani Appoints Members To The High Council Of National Reconciliation

President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree appointing members and the leadership committee of the High Council for National Reconciliation, which is chaired by Abdullah Abdullah.

The council had been established by Ghani and Abdullah during the power sharing agreement signed between the two in May.
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The decree, which was released by the Presidential Palace on Saturday evening appointed 46 people as members of the council.

He has called on the religious scholar, prominent leaders, the media, the private sector, provincial councils and the National Assembly, to compile and finalize the list of members for the council within a week.

According to the list, the members also include nine women, one of whom is a member of the leadership board.

By Presidential Decree, the members on the list are:

Former president Hamid Karzai, former vice president Karim Khalili, former deputy chief executive Mohammad Mohaqiq, former vice president Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Jamiat-e-Islami leader Salahuddin Rabbani, to name a few.

The members from the current government include First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, acting Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, and speakers of both Houses of the Parliament, among others.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, lead Afghan peace negotiator and special presidential envoy Noor-Ul-Haq Olumi, are some members of the leadership committee.

The women members include activists Safia Sediqqi and Zia Gul Rezaee, member of Afghan Women’s Network Mari Akrami, and former higher education minister Farida Mohmand.

According to the decree, 19 members of the council are jihadi and political figures and nine are members of the government.

The hierarchy is one chairman and seven deputies.

The Presidential Decree instructs the council to submit a finalized list of its General Assembly within the week.

This comes after Abdullah said on Thursday that the intra-Afghan negotiations will start in the coming week.

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