Ghani ‘forces out’ Balkh Governor

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday announced the resignation of a powerful politician nicknamed “King of the North”, sidelining a rival but angering the politician’s party who said he had been sacked.

Atta Mohammad Noor, 54, had been Governor of Balkh Province since 2004 but had recently been critical of the National Unity Government led by Mr. Ghani.

Mr. Noor has previously hinted that he may run for the presidency in an election in 2019. Mr. Ghani has not yet confirmed if he will run again.

The President’s office in a statement said Mr. Noor, a senior leader of the Tajik-dominated Jamiat-e Islami party, had resigned from his post.

Jamiat-e Islami in a statement strongly condemned what it called a “decision by the presidency”, branding it “hasty, irresponsible, against the security... and in contradiction of the principles of the National Unity Government”.

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