New York Times on Monday reported former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad may take key role in the new Government under Karzai. The report said Karzai discussed with Khailzad about his role during his visit in Washington.
NYTimes report further said the new position would work as Prime Minister, but since Premier is elected by Parliament, thus it has been named Chief Executive Officer. For media in Kabul it happened to be a breaking news, but the diplomatic circle and Presidential Palace knew it months ago, when the tensions of Karzai and new Obama Administration was at peak. Rumors were that the US seeks to install a Chief Executive Officer cum Prime Minister to counter Karzai’s over-mounting jumpings in the recent past.
Reacting to the NYTimes report, Karzai’s spokesman Hamidzada told media confirming the discussions with Khalilzad about the position, but said Karzai Administration would see possibility of such a position in the Afghan Constitution. On the other hand, Khalilzad has also rejected he seeks any role in the new Government.
Its true the new US Administration of President Obama, as promised in his inagural speech, would not turn a blind eye to the corruption in Kabul, wants to keep balance of power in the new Government. The US and other Western allies have now realized that Karzai is the likely next president due not strong rival and the split in opposition National Front. Thus they are trying to install the new position of Chief Executive to disaffect Karzai and keep balance.
I think it will be the only working option for the US as Karzai can not be trusted for another five years of corruption, nor he could be sidelined seeing his strong campaign for the presidential race.