Afghan president and rival announce power-sharing agreement
KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and political rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing agreement two months after both declared themselves the winner of last September's presidential election.
Ghani's spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted on Sunday that a political deal between Ghani and Abdullah had been signed in which Ghani would remain president of the war-torn nation.
The deal calls for Abdullah to lead the country's National Reconciliation High Council and some members of Abdullah's team would be included in Ghani's cabinet.
The council has been given the authority to handle and approve all affairs related to Afghanistan's peace process.
Omed Maisam, a spokesman for Abdullah's team, confirmed an agreement had been signed at the presidential palace. "A technical team will work on the implementation of the agreement and details will be shared later," he said.
Two presidents?
Afghanistan has been in political disarray since the country's election commission in December announced Ghani had won the September 28 election with more than 50 per cent of the vote.
Abdullah had received more than 39pc of the vote, according to the election commission, but he and the Elections Complaint Commission charged widespread voting irregularities.
Ghani and Abdullah both declared themselves president in parallel inauguration ceremonies in March. They have been locked in a power struggle since then and the discord prompted the Trump administration to announce it would cut $1 billion in assistance to Afghanistan if the two weren't able to work out their differences. - AP