VOA News May 5, 2018 Eligible voters across Afghanistan are registering for upcoming parliamentary and provincial elections while politicians try to shore up their alliances in preparation. Afghan Second Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a prominent Afghan Uzbek-ethnic leader and high-ranking government official who lives in exile, has become a pivotal figure for opposition
Tolo News: Balkh residents claim Atta Noor back-tracked on his decision not to step down until his demands were met. Noor agreed to step aside after three months of tension. But sources in Jamiat’s leadership council said that Noor and the Presidential Palace had reached an agreement regarding his replacement, and that of the position of Balkh
Tolo News: Following the end of tension between former governor of Balkh Atta Mohammad Noor and the Presidential Palace, some members of Jamiat-e-Islami, who supported him recently, blamed Noor for ignoring some main demands of the party and making an underhand deal in exchange of a few government seats. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Mohammad Ishaq Rahgozar, who was among three candidates recommended for the Balkh governor’s post, officially took over the reins on Thursday. Rahgozar was appointed to the position based on a decree issued by President Ashraf Ghani. Former Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor, who addressed a ceremony to introduce the new governor, thanked the president
Khaama Press: In his speech during the ceremony to mark the start of the new Solar Year, Nowruz, Noor said certain agreements have been made during the talks with the government. Noor further added that talks are underway and a final agreement will be made in coming days. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: The ousted Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor has rejected claims that he has reached an agreement with the presidential palace (ARG) over his replacement. Noor said on his Facebook page that reports of him having agreed to the reappointment of former Balkh governor Ishaq Rahgozar to the post were “baseless”. Click here to read more (external
Tolo News: Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, said the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum should return to Afghanistan and that foreigners should not interfere in this matter. Addressing a ceremony on 23rd death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, the slain leader of the Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, Mohaqiq
1TV: Two senior officials from central government have held talks with Ata Mohammad Noor in Balkh over the past two days to resolve a dispute which was triggered after the powerful figure was dismissed as the governor of the northern province over two months ago. The sides have agreed that the new governor and provincial police chief
1TV: Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak said that the dispute would be resolved soon. He suggested that the dispute will be resolved peacefully without use of military means. “Our politicians are all part of this nation,” Barmak said. “We cannot use legitimate force (against them). Legitimate force should be used against the enemy.” Ghani-Noor dispute
Ayaz Gul VOA News February 25, 2018 ISLAMABAD — U.S.-led diplomatic efforts appear to have persuaded ousted Afghanistan provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor to postpone this week’s planned anti-government demonstration. Noor governed the northern Afghan province of Balkh for 13 years until he was removed from office in December by President Ashraf Ghani. But he refused