This move comes amid heightened tensions between government and leaders of these parties – who also serve in key government posts.
Three Afghan Political Parties Form New Coalition In Ankara
Leaders from three mainstream Afghan political parties, including Jamiat-e-Islami party, Hizb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami party and Junbish-e-Milli party, have agreed to form a new coalition.
A spokesman for Junbish-e-Milli said a joint statement by the new coalition will be issued soon and that the coalition will take practical steps towards implementing its agendas and programs in the country.
The new coalition comes during heightened tensions between government and leaders of these parties who also serve in key posts in government.
But the presidential palace has said government welcomes any move that is taken in the name of national interests.
“Our people remember the bitter events of the past in their historic memory, but now it is the time that we focus on the political consensus and unit against the common enemies,” said presidential spokesman Shahhussain Murtazawi.
Jamiat-e-Islami party, which is led by acting minister of foreign affairs Salahuddin Rabbani, has been one of the main critics of President Ashraf Ghani alongside Junbish-e-Milli party and Hizb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami party - which are respectively led by the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum and Second Deputy of the CEO Mohammad Mohaqiq.
However the details of the new agreement have not been made public, but Junbish-e-Milli’s spokesman said in a Facebook post that the new coalition does not want the system to collapse, but that it will take practical steps to hold a meeting in the country soon.
Meanwhile, there have been reports that Jamiat leader Rabbani has met with Dostum in Ankara in Turkey.
“I think if they deal with the issues through civil movements this would prove beneficial for Afghanistan and the system. Because the shortcomings within the system need to be reformed and monopolization needs to come to an end,” said MP Sadiqi Neelizada.
“I hope that this coalition is not for personal motives and exploited for political purposes and personal ambitions,” said Sayed Eshaq Gailani, chairman of the Afghanistan Solidarity Party.
This is not the first time that such coalitions have been formed, however they proved in the end to be unsustainable.