Ahmad Zia Massoud is considering establishment of a transitional government in Afghanistan, after he was sacked by the president as his senior aide.
On Monday, President Ghani in a surprising decree fired Massoud as his special representative on reform and good governance. Massoud, however, strongly rejected the dismissal saying his appointment had come as part of deal and that Ghani had no right or power to sack him.
People close to Massoud, a former representative of Ghani on reform and good governance, said that Massoud has launched consultations with different political blocs on setting up a transitional government.
“President Ghani should quit and the transitional administration will be tasked to pave way for holding presidential and parliamentary elections,” Massoud’s media adviser, Rahmatullah Bezhan Pur, told 1TV.
“Ghani should resign immediately and the transitional government should be declared. The continuation of current administration cannot help betterment of existing situation,” he said adding the plan to set up transitional government would be declared in a week.
The presidency declined to make comment in this regard.
Nabi Misdaq, a political expert, said: “Transitional administration is the word of those who were in former administration. They don’t hold position and seek a position.”
A former vice-president and current deputy of Jamiat-e-Islami political party, Massoud backed Ghani in 2014 election which resulted in creation of unity government with Ghani’s rival becoming Chief Executive.
The office of Special Representative for Reform and Good Governance was created in 2014 with 80 personnel. The presidency has said that Massoud was dismissed since he was not successful in his job.
Massoud’s dismissal has raised speculation the post was resolved as the presidential guards barred the concerned personnel to the office.
Shah Hussain Murtazai, the president’s acting spokesman, however, that the structure of the office remains.