Afghanistan Supreme Court extends president’s tenure until next election
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Afghanistan Supreme Court extends president’s tenure until next election

The Supreme Court of Afghanistan on Sunday approved the extension of President Ashraf Ghani’s tenure until the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for September 28.

According to Article 61 of the Afghanistan’s Constitution, the legal tenure of the National Unity Government under Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah ends on May 22. Previously, presidential elections were scheduled to be held on April 20, but the elections were delayed two times.

“In line with the provision of the law and with the consideration of the situation of the country and based on the jurisprudential rules, the tenure of the president and his deputies is endorsed until the presidential elections,” the Supreme Court said in a directive.

The Office of Abdullah stated Monday that the Supreme Court’s decision means the extension of tenure of the National Unity Government, which is the outcome of an agreement between Ghani and Abdullah signed in 2014.