Afghan President Ghani and Rival Abdullah sign power-sharing deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, his political rival, have reached a deal to form a unity government, a source in the presidential palace said on Monday.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing deal which aimed to end the months of political uncertainty.

Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani, tweeted on Twitter that Dr. Abdullah would further lead the National Reconciliation High Commission. His tweet further reads, “Members of his team will be included in the cabinet.”

The breakthrough comes days after a surging militant violence that saw dozens killed in brutal attack on a maternity ward in the capital, Kabul.

Abdullah however was the previous chief executive of Afghanistan but after he was defeated in a presidential election that incumbent Afghan President Ghani, he lost his previous post and has alleged the result is fraudulent.

Abdullah held his own swearing-in ceremony on March 9 when he declared himself as president. Mr. Ghani -who claimed victory along Abdullah in last September, was reinstalled as president the day Abdullah was.

On Sunday, the both old rivals Mr Ghani and Dr Abdullah signed the agreement which is aimed to end years of violence and political crisis.

This deal provides a political structure to build a way out of war in which Dr Abdullah was named in agreement to lead peace talks with the Taliban.

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