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Baghlanis stage protest, reject elderly governor

Baghlanis stage protest, reject elderly governor

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Mar 07, 2017 - 21:22

KABULinfo-icon/PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon activists and residents in northern Baghlan on Tuesday criticized the appointment of the new governor, asking the government not to turn the governor’s house into an ‘old people's home’.  

Recently Abdul Hai Naimati took charge as the governor of Baghlan succeeding Abdul Satar Bariz. However, Naimati’s appointment drew a strong reaction from residents.

Hundreds of residents and civil society activists on Tuesday staged protest gatherings in Kabul and Baghlan, saying the new-appointed governor was an elderly man who was unable to govern or administer the province. They demanded a young and eligible governor for the province who could address people’s problems.

Azizr Rahman Sakhizada, a university professor from Baghlan who lives in Kabul, said Baghlan had been ignored by government leaders over the past few years. Always incapable governors were sent to the province. “The newly-appointed governor is an aged person who has no experience in administration.”

While considering the situation and challenges in the province, a young and eligible governor should be selected, he said

The protestors in Kabul warned of more demonstrations if a young and experienced governor was not appointed in the province.

Lal Mohammad, a resident of Baghlan, said the previous governor was good enough but he was replaced with an elderly person who was not fit for the job.

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