A New Political Crisis In Afghanistan?

In 2014, their rivalry resulted in a US-brokered deal to share power, which was punctuated by 5 years of bickering. And now Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah are again disputing an election result.

Ghani is officially the winner – but only just, and that’s rejected by Abdullah, who shares power with the president as a chief executive. He’s now threatening to form his own parallel government.

This political showdown couldn’t come at a more critical time for Afghanistan. The U.S and the Taliban appear close to an agreement that could lead to a planned reduction in violence, and if that posture is largely maintained it COULD be a pre-cursor to Afghan politicians sitting opposite the Taliban.

How can any of that happen, until we know: who runs Afghanistan? {Al Jazeera}

Presenter: Peter Dobbie