Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah entered the race for Afghanistan’s presidential elections with Junbish-e-Milli member Enayatullah Babur Farahmand as his running mate for first Vice President and former MP Asadullah Saadati as his running mate for second VP.
Abdullah was among leading candidates in 2009 and 2014 presidential elections. In 2009, he withdraw from the race to prevent a second round of elections and former President Karzai was announced as the winner. In 2014 elections, he became part of a unity government with President Ghani.
Abdullah’s running mate as first vice president, Farahmand, was head of Dostum's office after 2010. He has also represented Jawzjan as a lawmaker in Afghanistan's parliament.
Asadullah Saadati, Abdullah’s running mate for second vice president, is an MP from Daikundi.
He was born on 1974 in Shahristan District of Daikundi and he completed his school education in his city in Daikundi and obtained a bachelor's degree from Kabul University in 2005.
Abdullah attended a gathering in Kabul on Sunday where the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and High Peace Council Chief Karim Khalili also participated to announce their support to Abdullah’s nomination for president.
Dostum, who was a big supporter of President Ghani in 2014 presidential elections, said at the gathering that Abdullah Abdullah and his team "will be the winner in the presidential elections" as he endorses Abdullah's ticket.
Meanwhile, Abdullah said his team will consist two running mates for first and second vice president and a chief executive with two deputies.
“We created the National Unity Government for people’s interests and for the good of the country and never looked at it as two teams,” Abdullah said.
This comes a day after key members of Jamiat, Yunus Qanooni and Atta Mohammad Noor, Mohammad Ismail Khan and Bismillah Khan endorse former National Security Advisor Mohammad Haneef Atmar’s election ticket. Meanwhile, Ahmad Wali Massoud, another member of Jamiat
So far, Abdul Latif Pedram, Hakim Torsan, Sayed Noorullah Jalili, Enayatullah Hafiz, Zalmai Rassoul, Noorul Haq Ulumi, Faramarz Tamanna, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Wali Massoud have entered the race for the presidential elections.