Afghanistan's political crisis deepened on Sunday when another provincial governor defied a presidential order to take office.
On Saturday, the office of President Ashraf Ghani approved and announced the appointment of new provincial governors, including Samangan in the north, in the framework of efforts to improve local government.
However, Abdul Karim Khedam, who had ruled in Samangan for about a year, condemned and denied his dismissal by the President and called the order unacceptable.
has appointed Abdul Latif Ibrahimi as the province's new governor in northern Afghanistan. He is a former member of the Pashtun Hezbe-e-Islami party of former jihadis commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
In his press conference in the provincial capital on Sunday, the dismissed governor it was determined to continue working as governor of Samangan.
Khedam defended his decision to remain as governor and said the highest authority to determine his political fate lay in the Turkemen tribe he represented in the province and his political party, Jamiat-e-Islami, with Ghani's national unity government.
Khedam was the second governor of the province against his dismissal orders. [gp]