Two Afghan political parties to jointly contest presidential elections
Two Afghan political outfits namely People Unity Party and National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan have made alliance and decided to support one joint candidate in the coming presidential elections set for August 20, 2009, a local newspaper reported Sunday.
The People Unity Party has its influence mostly among Hazara people, an ethnic minority, while National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan is largely based in Uzbek dominated areas in the north of the country, Xinhua reported.
"Both parties would announce their joint support for a presidential candidate by next week," Daily Outlook quoted Hajji Mohammad Mohaqiq, head of the People Unity Party, as saying.
Registration of presidential aspirants would formally begin on April 25. So far, seven Afghan politicians have announced their intention to stand for the race.
The incumbent President Hamid Karzai has hinted to seek reelections for the second term.