The Presidential Palace, ARG, on Tuesday reacted to the suggestion made by a group of presidential candidates on the establishment of a caretaker government as a solution to fill the power gap after the “legal term” of the National Unity Government, led by President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah, ends on May 22.
On April 22, the Supreme Court of Afghanistan approved the extension of President Ashraf Ghani’s tenure until the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for September 28.
Based on the Constitution, Ghani’s tenure ends on May 22.
Chakhansuri said in a tweet that any movement on so-called “caretaker government” is in contravention of the Constitution and the Republic system in Afghanistan.
He said the suggestion by the presidential candidates – on the establishment of a caretaker government – has no legal base.
Chakhansuri said the Supreme Court is the only source for interpretation of the Constitution. “Political parties and individuals cannot interpret the Constitution in their favor,” Chakhansuri said.
He mentioned that all gatherings and protests should be held in line with the country’s laws.
Former national security advisor and presidential candidate Mohammad Haneef Atmar at a gathering in Kabul on Tuesday the suggestions which come from the presidential candidates will not harm public order.
“Our actions and intentions will not disorder public order and will not undermine the capability of our security and defense forces,” Atmar said.
“First, we will talk with the leaders to accept our proposed plan and it should find a solution and then we will try to increase public awareness regarding the issue,” Atmar said.
A caretaker government suggested by the candidates should be the supporter of peace talks, Atmar said.
Candidates Call for Caretaker Government
In a declaration issued on Monday, the candidates said that the continuation of the tenure of the incumbent government after May 22 is illegal and in contravention of the Constitution of Afghanistan.
Based on the declaration, the president and his deputies would lead the caretaker on condition that they refrain from running as candidates in the elections.
“The legal way is that the government transfers its authorities to a caretaker government,” said Shahab Hakimi, a presidential candidate, who is member of the presidential candidates’ council.