The political office of Atta Mohammad Noor, the former governor of northern Balkh and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami party, who joined Mohammad Haneef Atmar’s campaign team ahead of September presidential elections on Wednesday confirmed reports of differences within the campaign and said the disagreements broke out after Mr. Atmar backtracked from his original position on the post of premiership.
According to Noor’s aides, Atmar had committed in a written document to create the post of prime minister once he wins the presidential elections.
“I hope that the differences do not reach a level where there is the fear of collapse of the team. We cannot reject the differences, but these differences are not in a scale that is manipulated by our rivals,” said Murtaza Jalali, deputy head of Noor’s political office.
But, Atmar’s spokesman said the creation of post of prime minister was of a national issue and that the campaign is holding talks regarding the issue and that a final decision will be announced on Thursday.
“The issue of premiership was raised on the first day of the launching of the ticket and we have our own interpretation from this and clarified it to our people that once we win the elections, the Loya Jirga will hold debate on the creation of the position of premiership,” said Qader Shah, Atmar’s spokesman.
Sources said that differences between Atmar and Noor surfaced after Atmar during a televised interview said that the president should have the authority to dismiss or appoint the prime minister.
Sources said that it is expected that Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, Atmar’s first running mate will return to Kabul in the near future and will try to bridge the gaps among the campaign members.