Following the controversial Afghanistan’s Presidential Election in 2014 when the two leading candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah did not agree on the result, Ghani proposed the establishment of the National Unity Government (NUG), former US Secretary of State John Kerry wrote in his book.
In a book named Every Day Is Extra written by Kerry, who was engaged in establishment of NUG, Kerry has written that for the first time the establishment of NUG was suggested by President Ashraf Ghani.
Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s candid personal story in which he has said all his personal life events and the missions he has accomplished including of his engagement in Afghanistan’s presidential elections in 2014.
Before the 2014 elections, Kerry also had mediated in Afghanistan’s 2009 presidential elections in which former President Hamid Karzai and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah were the leading candidates.
Due to his engagements in Afghanistan’s important issues, now most of Afghan people know Kerry and have a picture of him in their memories.
Kerry in a part of his book has said that following tough discussions over 2014 elections result, Ghani suddenly proposed establishment of the National Unity Government.
Kerry said he had asked Ghani to give Abdullah real power in NUG and jointly govern the country.
“We in our talks had reached a very sensitive phase that suddenly Ghani proposed the idea of establishment of the National Unity Government. I always was thinking that he was aware of the popularity of the idea. Finally, I put my hand on Ghani’s shoulder and said: Ghani! You are the president and Abdullah will help you in implementation of a joint agenda, but you should be convinced in transferring the real power to him and give him the chance to jointly govern with you because it is for the benefit of the country,” read the book.
In his recently published book, Kerry has said Ghani is a technocrat, west-oriented and less experienced in politics while define Abdullah as a good politician who is familiar with Afghanistan’s internal affairs.
“Ghani was a west-supporter nationalist Pashtun and technocratic words were coming out of his mouth. He has mostly worked in the US and World Bank and had problems in making an agreement with regional politicians. He had extraordinary ideas but had less experience in politics and occasionally was extreme in his reactions,” read the book.
Kerry meanwhile said he has honestly and without any bias has written the facts that he has witnessed.
“First of all, I think it is honest. I talk about a lot of things, sort of very personal and try to give everybody a sense of who I really am. And then it goes through these gargantuan shifts and periods in our lives and my successes and failures as I tried to navigate those early years,” said Kerry.
About the name of the book, Kerry in the first page has written that when he came alive from Vietnam war, he come to an understanding that every day is an extra and that he named his book as Every Day Is Extra.
Kerry has served in Vietnam war, has been US senator for five-term, was a presidential nominee from Democratic team in US’s 2004 elections and has served for four years as US Secretary of State during which also was involved in Afghanistan’s issues.