Faryab Protesters Hold Elections To Elect Governor

Kabul: On the 9th day of protests in Faryab against the appointment of Mohammad Davood Laghmani as the new governor, protesters held elections to elect a governor.

Enayatullah Babar Farahmand, the first deputy head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, announced on Sunday that the protesters have nominees ready.

According to Farahmand, based on the decision of the Faryab High People’s Council, representatives of districts, civil society, ulema, women, parties, youth, academics, education and members of the provincial council, elected a total of four candidates and nominated them for the governor position.

Slogans for the announcement of a federal government have also been chanted by protesters. The protests in Faryab began after President Ghani appointed Mohammad Davood Laghmani as governor of Faryab a month ago. Ghani also nominated Naqibullah Fayek, the former governor of Faryab, to the Senate. However, supporters of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan led by Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum in Faryab province were against this decision as they believe that Laghmani does not understand the geography or people of the province.

Protesters had earlier prevented the landing of a plane carrying Laghmani on May 16, but two days later, he started working in the 1st Brigade of the 209th Shaheen Corps at Maimana Airport. Protesters have also set up a tent camp in front of the governor’s office. On Saturday, protesters even reached the gate of the first brigade.

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