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Junbish supporters vow larger protests in Kabul

Junbish supporters vow larger protests in Kabul

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May 05, 2017 - 19:04

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Supporters of Junbish-i-Milli party, led by First Vice-President Abdul Rashin Dostum, on Friday warned of erecting protest camp in front of the Presidential Palace if their voice was not heard.

Holding a meeting in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, the participants waved the national flag and chanted slogans in support of Dostum.

Hundreds of people, including Junbish supporters, Ahmad Zia Massoud political office members, and members of the Enlightenment Movement, attended the gathering.

Junbish leader for Balkh province, Shamsullah Sadat, in a reference to President Ashraf Ghani, said he reached power with votes of people of northern provinces.

He alleged Ashraf Ghani waged conspiracies against Dostum soon after swearing-in. instead of honouring Dostum, he was insulted and the millions of his supporters.

He said the next presidential elections were not far away, the incumbent president would not get a single vote from them.

He warned of larger protest gatherings and erecting protest tents in front of the Presidential Palace if their voice was not heard.

A close of aide of Ahmad Shah Massoud, Rahmatullah Bijanpur told the gathering that the politics of the Presidential Palace evolved around a single tribe and other tribes were pushed to the wall.

He said today’s gathering was aimed at starting consultations about larger gatherings to protect the system and condemn fascism and tribalism in the country.

He said the president had failed to deliver on even a single promise he held out with the people of the north during electioneering.

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