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National unity govt: Meeting on thorny issues begins

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Ghani-AbdullahBoth presidential runners Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah went into a meeting with President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Tuesday night.

Expediting the vote invalidating exercise, swearing-in ceremony for the new president and other issues related to the national unity government came up for discussion at the meeting, a spokesman for Ahmadzai’s camp said.

Nauman Shinwari told Pajhwok Afghan News the meeting, which began at 8.00pm, was still ongoing. The details would be released later on, he said at 8.30pm. 

Led by Abdullah, the Reform and Unanimity team also confirmed the talks. Its spokesman Mujibur Rahman said how long the meeting would continue remained unknown.

Earlier in the day, another member of the Ghani-led Change and Continuity team said: “President Hamid Karzai can play a proactive role in addressing the ongoing crisis and setting a date for oath-taking by the new president.”

Both teams had agreed on various issues with regard to the national unity government and the gap had been reduced considerably, Tahir Zuhair claimed. “Some crucial issues such as the authority of the chief executive have been referred to the contenders, which are likely to be settled at the meeting.”

The first round of presidential election was held on April 5 and the runoff on June 14, but the process is yet to be finalised, causing economic problems, insecurity in the country and affecting development activities.