The New National Front Party of Afghanistan on Tuesday announced the party has split from the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan (GNCA) alliance due to disagreements over certain issues.
This comes as politicians, political parties and coalitions work on presidential candidate nominations for next year’s presidential elections.
According to the New National Front Party’s spokesman, Sayed Javad Hussaini, their decision to break away from the alliance was because their party’s leader, Anwarul Haq Ahadi did not agree with certain requests by the coalition including the change in the political system and the establishment of a prime minister position, among others.
On Monday, representatives from one of Afghanistan’s influential political coalitions known as the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan (GNCA) met with President Ashraf Ghani, former national security advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, former minister of interior Mohammad Omar Daudzai, chairman the New National Front of Afghanistan Anwarul Haq Ahadi and former head of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) Rahmatullah Nabil where they discussed the scheduled elections.
At the meeting, GNCA reportedly proposed the creation of a post for a Prime Minister and suggested the number of vice presidents be increased from two to three.
GNCA representatives said they will support a candidate whom they believe will commit to its plans.
According to GNCA officials, the coalition is currently considering a wide range of essential changes it considers vital ahead of the elections — this includes bringing changes in the structure of government which also includes the proposal to convene a constitutional Loya Jirga to change the political system, the creation of a post for a prime minister, increasing the number of vice presidents from two to three, to hold provincial and district council elections alongside the presidential elections, to appoint local officials through elections and undertake bold steps for peace.
“The high council of the New National Front Party of Afghanistan held its session on Monday and decided to break away from the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan and instead perform its political activities independently,” said Ahadi’s spokesman Hussaini
GNCA officials meanwhile said that the coalition is now trying to finalize its plan for their presidential election candidate.
“In the world of politics, people come and go whenever they do not see their interests being served, it is a normal routine in the world of politics, but we prefer to have a candidate from within the coalition,” said Noor Rahman Akhlaqi, a member of Jamiat-e-Islami party of Afghanistan.
“We will prepare a list of possible candidates and will pick the most eligible and suitable candidate. Consultations are ongoing about it,” said Mohammad Natiqi, a member GNCA.
This comes a week after the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said it had finalized the schedule for next year’s presidential elections and that an official announcement would be made once consultations have been completed with the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), election watchdogs and the country’s political parties and movements.
The political parties however stated that if the results of the October 20 parliamentary elections do not satisfy them, these parties will announce their stance in terms of the IEC’s ability to hold presidential elections.
Based on the election law, the candidates have only ten days to file nomination papers for running in the presidential elections once the IEC makes an official announcement.
The IEC will likely announce the schedule for presidential elections next week.