Rahgozar to be introduced as new Balkh governor today

The local officials in northern Balkh province are saying that the new governor of the province Mohammad Ishaq Rahgozar will be introduced to the provincial officials today.

The provincial government media office in a statement confirmed the appointment of Rahgozar as the new Balkh governor a day after the former governor of the province Ata Mohammad Noor informed of a breakthrough in the talks to end the stalemate with the government.

The statement states that Mohammad Ishaq Rahgozar has been appointed as the new Balkh governor based on the recommendation of the Independent Local Governance Department and approval of the Office of the President.

According to the officials, Rahgozar will be introduced during a ceremony scheduled for today in the afternoon.

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Newly-appointed Balkh governor visits Mazar amid rising political tensions

The newly-appointed provincial governor of the northern Balkh province Engineer Mohammad Daud arrived to Mazar-e-Sharif city, the provincial capital of Balkh province late on Tuesday night.
According to the informed sources, Eng. Daud has visited the Balkh province to participate in the funeral ceremony of his father.

The sources further added that Eng. Daud was escorted by a large number of the security forces as he landed in Mawlana Jalauddin Balkhi International Airport.

This comes as tensions still remain high between the government and the ousted governor of Balkh province Ata Mohammad Noor over his dismissal from the provincial political leadership.

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