New govt. to emerge via democratic process: Ghani 


KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that his government is willing to consider holding a fresh election to push forward peace talks with the Taliban, adding that any new government should emerge through a democratic process.
“Transfer of power through elections is a non-negotiable principle for us,” Ghani told lawmakers at the parliament session opening in Kabul on Saturday. 
“We stand ready to discuss holding free, fair, and inclusive elections under the auspices of the international community. We can also talk about the date of the elections and reach a conclusion,” he added. 
Meanwhile, President Ghani met with US Special Envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul last week to re-energize the sluggish peace talks with the Taliban currently taking place in Qatar. 
Khalilzad traveled to Qatar after his talks in Kabul.