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Afghan Government Rejects Vice President's Interim Government Idea

Ahmad Zia Mas'ud (file photo)
Ahmad Zia Mas'ud (file photo)
KABUL -- The Afghan government said the idea of installing an interim government until the August presidential election would be unconstitutional, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

Presidential spokesman Humayun Hamidzada said that the suggestion, which was made by Afghan Vice President Ahmad Zia Mas'ud, would be unlawful.

Hamidzada said that there is no constitutional provision for an interim government after President Hamid Karzai's term ends in June.

Mas'ud told Radio Free Afghanistan that the government is weak and unable to solve Afghanistan's problems. He proposed an interim government be installed until the presidential election.

Mas'ud describes himself as a symbolic vice president, adding that Karzai controls all affairs and leaves little authority for his vice president.