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Afghan Guerrillas Plan Elections, New Government

Associated Press

An Afghan guerrilla leader announced plans Monday to form an all-rebel government in Afghanistan and said he hopes elections can be held by January.

Burhanuddin Rabbani, chairman of the seven-member guerrilla alliance, outlined a plan under which Afghans inside Afghanistan and refugees outside the country would elect a 400-member Parliament.

The Parliament would elect a head of state and approve a Cabinet, Rabbani said.

The Pakistan-based guerrillas, or moujahedeen, announced similar plans last spring, but they did not materialize, reportedly because of guerrilla infighting.

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“As the moujahedeen have been successful on the battlefield, we can also be successful in the peace process,” Rabbani told reporters in the Pakistani capital.

He said the seven leaders of the guerrilla alliance unanimously adopted the plan.

Guerrillas Going to U.N.

Rabbani said he and representatives of the six other guerrilla groups were leaving for New York later to attend talks at the United Nations on the war. The U.N. General Assembly takes up the Afghanistan issue this week.

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Afghan President Najibullah called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the Afghan war, especially allegations that Pakistan is violating an accord by allowing guerrillas to receive U.S. aid through Pakistani territory.


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