Afghan President Ghani Fires Senior Adviser, Sacked Adviser Warns of Instability, War
TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghanistan’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani fired his most senior adviser Ahmad Zia Massoud who was in charge of the presidential adviser for reforms and good governance.
Sources in the Office of the President, ARG Palace, confirmed the dismissal of Mr. Massoud but no further details were given regarding the circumstances that led to the decision by the President to fire his senior adviser, Khaama Press reported.
Massoud took oath as the special envoy to President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai for reform and good governance earlier in October 2014, weeks after the formation of the government of national unity.
Meanwhile, Massoud has warned of political instability in the country in his reaction to the presidential decree regarding his dismissal as senior presidential adviser for reforms and good governance.
Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Massoud also warned that the unilateral decisions by the President will take the country towards a civil war, urging the President to withdraw his decree regarding his dismissal.
Massoud further added that no details were given regarding his dismissal and no consultations were made, even with the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
According to Massoud, a nationwide consultation has started after the President fired him as his senior adviser for reforms and good governance.
However, he said he has requested all to be patient, emphasizing that the Afghan people have no more the tolerance of another political instability in the country.
He also added that the President has no right to dismiss based on the agreements he had with the President regarding the formation of the government of national unity.
However, a spokesman for the Presidential Palace said the decision was taken since no major steps were taken to ensure good governance and reforms.
Massoud was a close ally of Ghani during the election process. He endorsed Ghani’s team during the second round of election.
He was expected to be appointed as chief executive officer before the launch of negotiations on the formation of a national unity government.
The agreement to form a unity government was reached between Abdullah Abdullah and Ghani’s camps following a mediation process to resolve the election deadlock.