Northern Afghan city on strike amid dispute with president
Added 03-14-19 04:03:02am EST - “An Afghan official says residents in a northern city are on a daylong strike to protest the appointment of a new provincial police chief over the objections of a former governor and powerful warlord.” - Washingtontimes.com
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan official says residents in a northern city are on a daylong strike to protest the appointment of a new provincial police chief over the objections of a former governor and powerful warlord.
The incumbent provincial police chief, Gen. Akram Sammeh, says his replacement, Abdul Raqib Mubarez, landed at the airport in Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday but the police are blocking him from heading into the city to take up his post.
The development threatens to escalate into an all-out feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Atta Mohammed Nur, a powerful warlord who holds sway over Balkh province where Mazar-e-Sharif is the provincial capital.
Nur called for the city-wide shutdown and is demanding Ghani withdraw Mubarez’s appointment and instead name Nur’s choice for the post, as Ghani allegedly promised.
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