Ghani Says Peace Process Should Be Led by Abdullah

President Ashraf Ghani on Friday proposed that his political rival Abdullah Abdullah be given the leadership role in the nation’s peace process as a means to overcome their political challenges.

“You share with Mr. Abdullah the issue that I am suggesting. It is the leadership of the peace process. A high peace council should be established and (Dr. Abdullah) should head the high peace council,” Ghani said, as quoted by the TOLOnews broadcaster.

The president added that Abdullah could act as vice president.

“His security, his budget, his decision- making, all can be discussed. We have full flexibility,” Ghani added.

Both Ghani and Abdullah, the former chief executive, consider themselves Afghanistan’s leaders following a disputed election last September. Both of them had inauguration ceremonies in March.

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