Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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A title-less “Op-Ed from Secretary Kerry”

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Tolonews, 30 July 2014

This op-ed for the Afghan media group seeks to clarify reports in the Afghan media that the election agreement brokered by the author between presidential contenders Abdullah and Ghani also contained an agreement to switch to a parliamentary system. After stating that “It’s not for outsiders to describe the contents of the political framework both candidates accepted a few days ago”, he says he can say, though, what is not in it:

“It does not establish a parliamentary system – it creates a new position of chief executive who will report to the president until the president convenes a loya jirga to determine whether a permanent change is in the best interests of the country.” [italics by AAN]

They also agreed to build a unity government that will lead Afghanistan to a better future