Taliban slam Afghan president's proposal for new election

The Taliban on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to hold elections later this year, after months of peace talks between the two warring sides have made little progress. Although he hasn’t made details public, Ghani will announce the election plan at a stakeholder conference in Turkey next month, according to two government officials. The move is likely an attempt to undercut a US proposal – supported by Russia – for the formation of an interim government involving the Taliban to rule the country once the last US troops withdraw. “The government will go to Turkey …

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