A new political party by the name of Mehwar-e-Mardum-e-Afghanistan was officially launched on Sunday in Kabul.
Leaders of the new party addressed a crowd of supporters and said the National Unity Government (NUG) was not able to manage political, security, economic or other affairs of national importance.
The new party was formed by a number of political figures who have in the past worked for government.
Around 100 individuals – including Rahmatullah Nabil, the former head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Rangin Dadfar Spanta, the former adviser to the national security council – are included in the leadership of the new party.
Nabil, as a founder of the party, accused the NUG of autocracy and discrimination and said the new party aimed to fight such issues in order to defend the people’s rights.
“We (society) decided to form and announce Mehwar-e-Mardum-e-Afghanistan party as a political opposition in order to get [the country] out of the current crisis,” said Nabil.
Spanta also addressed supporters and said the NUG’s foreign policy was a failure and has distanced Afghanistan from its allies.
“Bloody suppression and using force against legal a demonstration of Uprising for Change Movement and as a result the demonstration turned deadly; such moves by government have not happened in Afghanistan’s recent history,” said Spanta.
“Taliban has not become powerful, terrorists have not become powerful, all these are because of government’s inability [to resolve the crisis],” said Amir Mohammad Akhundzada, a former Jihadist.
As the next presidential election approaches, new political parties and coalitions emerge as individuals work to gain political power.
“Our presence in the political scene is not to challenge the National Unity Government over power division, gaining seats or political power, but we want to end the wrong and deceptive politics and corruption. We want to put an end to the trend where a specific circle uses government facilities to maintain their own interests,” Nabil added.
“Stopping independence in decision making and transferring of national political decisions to representatives of foreign countries in Afghanistan was the first dangerous diversion – and abandonment of national identity and leadership of the Afghan people …,” Spanta added.
Members of the new party said those individuals who have not been accused of discrimination and human rights violations and who do not want to gain a seat in government are welcome to join the party.
The next presidential elections are scheduled to be held in 2019.