Afghan Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai challenged Hamid Karzai to a series of debates on Tuesday. His press office released this statement upon news that Karzai has agreed to participate in debates. It's not clear yet wether all 41 candidates will participate in the debates.
“Afghans gave Karzai five years to prove himself as the right leader for Afghanistan. Instead of following a path of reform, he indulged corruption and traded government resources as favors to his political allies. As a result, Afghans today have fewer economic opportunities, fewer education opportunities and less security than they deserve or this country is capable of delivering. I welcome these debates to make it clear to Afghan voters that reform is possible. As Finance Minister I had experience increasing national revenues and delivering results to the public. I will use the debate to contrast Karzai’s failed leadership and lack of ideas against my specific plans to create 1 million new jobs in five years, build one million new homes that are decent places to raise families, and bring justice back to Afghanistan,” said Ashraf Ghani.
Since the election period began on June 17, Ashraf Ghani has challenged Karzai to live debates on five critical issues: Security, Law and Order; Good Governance; Jobs and Sustainable Economic Development; Education, Health and Assistance to Vulnerable Groups; and National Unity and International Partnership.
Ashraf Ghani has urged that these debates be broadcasted on television and radio to enable as many voters as possible to watch or hear the debates.
About Ashraf Ghani
Between October 2001 and June 2002, Ashraf Ghani served as Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Chief Advisor to the Chairman Karzai and Executive Director of the Afghan Assistance Coordination Authority. From June 2002 to December 2004 he served as the Finance Minister of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan. He implemented a wide-ranging series of monetary and fiscal reforms, earning the Asia's Best Finance Minister of the Year Award in 2003. Since leaving public office Ghani served as Chancellor for Kabul University and co-founded the non-profit Institute for State Effectiveness. To learn more visit http://www.ashrafghani.af/.
Here is Ghani's interview with CNN