Ghani, Abdullah close to ending leadership disputes

(140808) -- KABUL, Aug. 8, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a joint press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan Aug. 8, 2014. Both Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Friday agreed to accept the election results. They made the announcement at a joint press conference attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis here. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
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Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah speaks during a joint press conference in Kabul. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

The Afghan Presidential Palace has reported progress in ending the dispute between President Ashraf Ghani and his main political opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who has also announced a development in the process and vowed a soon-to-come political agreement.

Further details were not provided on this matter by presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi who addressed a press conference on Monday, saying “there is progress, the talks are underway and there has been progress”, reports TOLO News.

On May 2, Abdullah had said agreements in principle have been achieved and that talks were underway about details.

Sources said that based on the agreement, Abdullah will chair the High Council of Peace and Reconciliation.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani

The sources also said that talks were underway on the share of power within three key institutions.

The three institutions, according to the sources, are the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance as well as the Attorney General’s Office.

Abdullah’s team previously insisted on invalidating the election results but there was no details about the status of this issue in discussions between the two sides, said the TOLO News report.

The political tension emerged after the announcement of the election results in February, after which both candidates – Ghani and Abdullah – held inaugurations on the same day.

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