New Afghan Group Poses Challenge to Ghani Government

Mujahideen-Led Figures Warn 'Unity Deal' Not a Substitute for Elections

A new faction is emerging in the Afghan parliament, made up of opposition figures, both former Mujahideen and members from the former Karzai government, are establishing themselves as a growing voice for reform, and pushing heavily for the Ghani government to fulfill former promises.

A big part of that is going to be a fresh election for parliament sometime in 2016, and the calling of another loya jirga for the discussion of constitutional reforms, warning Ghani that the “unity deal” is no substitute for a real vote.

Ghani was “elected” in a hotly disputed vote last year, in which the US ultimately negotiated a settlement that saw Ghani taking the presidency and Abdullah Abdullah installed as a “chief executive,” a position invented wholly for the purposes of claiming both sides won the vote.

This vote was the latest in a long line of corrupt, indecisive elections since the occupation, and has many in the new opposition bloc hoping for some major reforms that might make the results of future elections more democratic and less a function of which candidate’s allies are counting the ballots.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.