Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to run for president in July elections

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The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar will run for president during the July 20th presidential elections.

Hekmatyar registered his name for the elections in the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) along with Fazal Hadi Wazin and Qazi Hafiz Ur Rehman Naqi who are going to run for First and Second Vice President in the elections.

Speaking to reporters after registering his name as presidential runner, Hekmatyar said he will run for president from an independent address emphasizing that he is not favoring to form alliances with the other parties.

He also rejected the establishment of a federal government as well as a semi-presidential system.

In other parts of his speech, Hekmatyar slammed the government regarding the existing situation in the country and claimed that the government leadership was to blame for the ongoing violence.

So far nine candidates have registered their names for the presidential elections including Hakim Torsan, Latif Pedram, Faramuz Tamana, Enayatullah Hafiz, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Zalmai Rasool, Noor Ul Haq Ulomi, Gulbudddin Hekmatyar and Syed Noorullah Jalili.

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