Afghan opposition groups angry at Kerry comments on deadline

April 11, 2016 16:06


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Afghan opposition politicians reacted with anger to US Secretary of State John Kerry's weekend declaration that the 2014 deal setting up President Ashraf Ghani's national unity government would allow it to serve a full five-year term.

Kerry's comments followed US concern at mounting political tension in Kabul, where opposition groups have been pressing for a constitutional loya jirga, or special assembly, to decide the future of the government later this year.

Fazel Hadi Muslimyar, speaker of the Senate, branded Kerry's intervention "interference in our domestic affairs" and said Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah should be pushing to convene the loya jirga by September.

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