Former Afghan president explains abrupt exit from country amid Taliban takeover

Ghani said in a statement Wednesday that he had left at theurging of the palace securitywho had advised him thatto remain risked setting off the same horrific street-to-street fighting the city had suffered during the Civil War of the 1990s.

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He said leaving Afghanistan’s capital was themost difficult decisionof his life but he believed it was the only way to save the city of millions.

I have devoted 20 years of my life to helping the Afghan people work toward building a democratic, prosperous, and sovereign state – it was never my intent to abandon the people or that vision,” Ghani said.

The leader next sought to again address what he called thebaseless allegationsthat he had taken millions of dollars belonging to the Afghan people as he left Kabul.

These charges are completely and categorically false. Corruption is a plague that has crippled our country for decades and fighting corruption has been a central focus of my efforts as president,” hy het gesê. “I inherited a monster that could not easily or quickly be defeated.

Ghani said he welcomed an official audit or financial investigation onder U.N.. auspices orany other appropriate independent bodyto prove the veracity of his statements and that close aides are ready to submit their finances to public audit as well.

Ghani said he hasfirmly believed that the formula of a democratic republic was the only way forward for a sovereign, vreedsaam, prosperous Afghanistan,” citing guidance from the 2004 Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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I offer my profound appreciation and respect for the sacrifice of all Afghans, especially our Afghan soldiers and their families, through the last forty years. It is with deep and profound regret that my own chapter ended in similar tragedy to my predecessors – without ensuring stability and prosperity,” hy het gesê.

I apologize to the Afghan people that I could not make it end differently. My commitment to the Afghan people has never wavered and will guide me for the rest of my life,” Ghani concluded.

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