Burhanuddin Rabbani form 'united front'

Former president Burhanuddin Rabbani launched a new political coalition Tuesday saying they wanted to build unity in the divided country.

Burhanuddin Rabbani form 'united front'

Former president Burhanuddin Rabbani launched a newpolitical coalition Tuesday saying they wanted to build unity in the dividedcountry.

About 300 people, many of them key players in the country's turbulent past,gathered at a ceremony to launch the United National Front with formerpresident Burhanuddin Rabbani as its leader.

Coalition member Prince Mustafa Zahir, grandson of ailing former kingMohammad Zahir Shah, said the front would promote unity.

"It's important to bring different people and factions together forpeace in the shattered country," he said at the event attended byheavyweights like ex-defence minister Mohammad Qasim Fahim and parliamentaryspeaker Yonous Qanooni.

Among its goals is to change the 2003 constitution to allow for politicalparties to stand for proportional representation in parliament and for theappointment of a prime minister, Rabbani said.

The 2005 parliamentary election, used the "single non-transferablevote" system in which ballots are cast for an individual and not politicalparties. The next legislative vote is due in 2010.

The president is elected separately.

"We are in favour of a parliamentary system under which bothindividuals and parties could be candidates for election," Rabbani said.

The new front also wanted governors of the 34 provinces to be elected bydirect vote rather than appointed by the president, said Rabbani, aparliamentarian.

It would "not work against the government. It will work besides the governmentfor the betterment of the nation," he said.

The front is mainly made up of various leaders of the armed resistance tothe 1979-1989 Soviet occupation who turned on each other in a 1992-1996 civilwar that was fought along ethnic lines. It includes former communists.

Many of the men in the new alliance were behind a rally of up to 25,000people in Kabullate February that backed parliamentarians' demands for an amnesty for crimesand abuses committed in wars and conflict since 1979.

Karzai later agreed to allow amnesty for groups but said individuals stillhad the right seek redress for atrocities.

About 1.5 million people were killed from the start of the Soviet invasionto the removal of the Taliban.

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