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If I were president: Seema Ghani

Afghanistan goes to the polls on 20 August for presidential and provincial councilelections.

BBC News asked people in the country what they would do if they were president.

Seema Ghani

If I were the president I would appoint a cabinet based on merit and expertise. In particular I would find great managers and co-ordinators to run the ministries. I would give them enough autonomy to appoint other necessary experts.

My relationship with the international community would be based on mutual accountability. No donor would be allowed into Afghanistan if they did not want to fully report to the government and follow its rules and regulations. I would also appoint a team to recruit international experts that are coming to this country.


Corruption is the main enemy of the people and appropriate action is needed. I would punish anyone who moved a penny illegally. With regard to the drugs problem, I would hold the international community responsible and urge it to take tough measures. As with business, supply is mostly based on demand.

And finally, I would ensure that civilians are empowered so that in the absence of a working and honest parliament, they would be encouraged to take action.

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