Kabul: Hizb e Wahdat (People’s Unity Party) and Junbish e Milli (National Movement Party) of Afghanistan have announced their alliance to support a unanimous candidate for the presidential election 2009 due in August 22, 2009.
In a press conference in Kabul on Saturday, 18 leaders of both the parties said they would announce their joint support for any candidate by the next week. Head of the Hizb e Wahdat, Haji Muhammad Muhaqiq told “based on broad mutual understanding and cooperation, both the parties have decided to go all along.” Neither of the parties will have presidential candidate from their own party members, but would jointly support any candidate. It may be mentioned, leader of Junbish, General Dostum is in Turkey since last couple of months. He is said to be in self-exile.
Head of Junbish e Milli, Noorullah Sadaat told media that his party does not support the presidential candidate announced by National Front, an alliance of different political parties in Afghanistan. He said “Junbish is a member of National Front, but it will go all along with Hizb e Wahdat led by Ustad Muhaqiq.” He added, both the parties would jointly campaign in villages for the presidential and provincial council elections.
The National Front is divided into three groups. Its spokesman, Mr. Sangchaaraki last week announced candidature of former Foreign Minister, Abdullah Abdullah. But another member of the Front, Mr. Qasim Fahim, former Defense Minister and current Security Adviser to Karzai, opposed Abdullah’s candidature. Another faction of the Front led by first Vice President, Ahmed Zia Massoud also opposed Abdullah’s candidature.
Its most likely Karzai run the 2009 elections with Fahim as first vice president, and Karim Khalili as second vice president. Though Junbish and Wahdat have not cleared whom they will support, but its more likely they would announce to support Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan and later UN. Mr. Khalilzad has neither confirmed his intention to run the race, nor rejected, but he is expected to participate.