Ghani, 69, is seeking a second term amid the war with the hardline Islamic militants and ongoing peace talks between the United States and the Taliban, in which his government complains it has been sidelined. On Sunday, Ghani registered as a presidential candidate for the July election, facing competition from his one-time officials who have formed new alliances. Independent analysts said Afghanistan’s political landscape has been thrown into turmoil by the nominations and shifting loyalties. Ghani to seek re-election in Afghan presidential poll: officialIn a televised announcement, President Ghani, accompanied by his wife and political allies, listed his National Unity government’s achievements during the five-year term, including his consistent offer to hold unconditional peace talks with the Taliban. Last year Washington appointed Afghan-born diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad to start direct peace talks with the Taliban.
Source: The Express Tribune January 20, 2019 13:40 UTC