The Presidential Palace said Monday that Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for Reconciliation, has yet to introduce his nominated ministers for the new cabinet.
President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesman Dawa Khan Menapal said that nominees for ministers must meet the criteria for being a minister, so that the president can send them to the National Assembly for a vote of confidence.
“As soon as our political partners make a list according to the criteria, the government will send it to the parliament for a vote of confidence,” said Menapal.
On the other hand, Fraidoon Khwazoon, spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah, said that they have sent their nominee list to the Presidential Palace.
“For our part, the problem is solved and we have sent the list of nominated ministers that is relevant to us and it will be implemented according to the agreement,” said Khwazoon.
A number of politicians and citizens of the country consider the existence of differences between Ghani and Abdullah as one of the main reasons for the delay with the cabinet, and say that the continuation of the work of the caretakers (ministers yet to be nominated) is against the law.
It was expected that after a lot of controversy and disagreement over the nomination of a number of figures to the new government cabinet, the ministerial nominees would be nominated after Eid and their educational and work documents would be sent to the House of Representatives for further consideration. But so far there is no news of a new cabinet.
“The big reason is that these two people do not get along with each other and that is why they do not agree on governors and ministers,” said Abdul Rauf Shapoon, lawmaker.
In the political agreement, Abdullah’s share includes appointing half the cabinet and the introduction of the members of the High Council of National Reconciliation.
“I hope that Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will announce the members of reconciliation council as soon as possible and that the cabinet will be completed,” said Shahzada Massoud, a political analyst.
“Again, it is like the government of national unity, in which every ministry is lead by a acting minister,” said Tamim, a resident of Kabul.
But sources say one dispute is over the nomination of the minister for the Ministry of State for Peace, where Abdullah has nominated Mustafa Mastoor for the ministry, and the president wants to nominate someone else.