While presidential candidate Mohammad Haneef Atmar suspended his campaign, sources told TOLOnews that Mr. Atmar might join President Ghani in his re-election campaign in the September election.
The sources said that National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib met with Mr. Atmar on Sunday evening aimed at encouraging him to join Mr. Ghani’s re-election campaign.
A spokesman for Mr. Ghani’s campaign, Jawed Faisal, said they are ready to welcome any election campaign team to join their ticket.
This comes a day after First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum at a gathering in Jawzjan said that efforts are underway to bring Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, Atta Mohammad Noor and Mohammad Mohaqiq from Atmar’s team to Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s election campaign team.
“This team or maybe the main members of the team will probably support us [in the election]. There are common programs between the two teams,” said Assadullah Saadati, vice-presidential candidate for Abdullah’s team.
But a spokesman for Mr. Atmar’s team, Qadir Shah, said discussions are underway among members of the campaign to remove the challenges ahead.
Mr. Atmar’s team in a statement on Tuesday said that they will focus on two national processes: the presidential election and the peace process.
Origin of Rift
Last month, the political office of Atta Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami party, who is now part of Atmar’s campaign team, the disagreements broke out after Mr. Atmar backtracked from his original position on the post of premiership.
Noor’s aides said that Mr. Atmar had committed in a written document to create the post of prime minister once he wins the presidential election.
The differences deepened after Mr. Atmar said in an interview with TOLOnews that the next president should have the authority to dismiss or appoint the upcoming prime minister.
But, Mr. Atmar’s spokesman last month said the creation of the post of prime minister was of a national issue and that the campaign is holding talks regarding the issue to reach to some type of understanding on it.