President Ghani ‘said he was going to a meeting, but fled country’


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled to Tajikistan on Sunday

Former Afghan MP Elay Ershad has been speaking to the BBC, in the wake of the Taliban takeover.

She’s called President Ashraf Ghani “gutless” for fleeing to neighbouring Tajikistan.

Ms Ershad alleges that he left the presidential palace by helicopter on Sunday, telling colleagues that he had a meeting with Afghanistan’s ministry of defence. But it was later discovered that he’d fled the country completely.

“I’m so angry I don’t have words to explain it,” said Ms Ershad. “He left his country behind and he left his people behind. I don’t know why I trusted this guy and voted for him.”

An ally of the president told the BBC on Monday that Afghan leaders had asked Mr Ghani to leave in order to avoid bloodshed, and the former leader planned to return home one day.

When asked about this, Ms Ershad said: “I wish he would return back. I wish I will look at his eyes and tell him ‘I was a woman and I stayed here’.”

“If he wanted to avoid bloodshed, he could have [left] six months ago,” she added.

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