Ashraf Ghani Declares: ‘I Am Still President of Afghanistan’

Ashraf Ghani Declares: ‘I Am Still President of Afghanistan’

Deposed Afghan President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani insisted in his first television interview since fleeing the country this week that he remains its legitimate head of state.

“I am the president according to the constitution and until the people of Afghanistan legally elect someone else, I am the president,” Ghani said in an interview with the recently-established Afghan Broadcasting Network (ABN).

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Ghani claimed he fled Afghanistan during the Taliban invasion of Kabul on August 15, 2021, because he was afraid he would be killed like Mohammad Najibullah, the last communist president of Afghanistan, who was murdered when the first Taliban regime took Kabul in September 1996. According to Najibullah’s daughter, the Taliban dragged him out of a U.N. compound in Kabul, tortured

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