Afghanistan’s Ghani Suggests Rival Take Charge of Peace Council

Says Abdullah could head High Peace Council

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has offered a broad proposal to resolve the disputed situation after the election, suggesting his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, could become the leader of a new, broader High Peace Council.

The High Peace Council could be meant to pull together the country’s warring ethnicities, as well as helping to bring the Taliban back into the Afghan governing situation after the US peace deal. It’s an important job, and Ghani is offering it as a consolation prize to give up the claims to the presidency.

Abdullah and Ghani are both calling themselves presidents, but Ghani had more votes, and says Abdullah could settle for the council leadership and the vice presidency. This is the first sign they’ve made a major proposal to end this post-election dispute.

Ghani and Abdullah both contested last election as well, and both claimed victory that time, with the US negotiating a deal where Ghani was president and Abdullah was given the new position of CEO, nominally an equal post.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.