KABUL, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- As the date for Afghan presidential election is getting closer, the political parties opposing the ruling team of President Hamid Karzai have agreed to form a political coalition to contest the coming elections from a united platform, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.
"We have had several meetings during the month of Ramadan ( Muslim fasting month ended on Aug. 8) with different political parties and politicians, and these meetings have helped us to reach a decision on formation of a single coalition party that will nominate a candidate to contest the coming elections," chairman of the Afghanistan National Front Ahmad Zia Massoud said, according to the English Daily Outlook.
Quoting Massoud, the newspaper added that the parties involved in formation of the coalition include the Islamic party of Jamiat- e-Islami, the Islamic party of Hizb-e-Islami, National Coalition party, National Front party, Green Movement party, the Islamic group of Hizb-e-Wahdat party and the liberal group of Junbish-e- Millie party.
"The candidate nominated by the coalition will be chosen after consultations with the members of all the parties gathered in the platform of the coalition," Massoud said.
Afghanistan's third presidential election is scheduled to be held on April 5, 2014.
The sitting President Hamid Karzai is to end his tenure in 2014. According to the country's constitution, he should not stand for the third term. However, his political opponents have been accusing him of influencing the election commission to bring his man into power, a claim that has been rebuffed by Karzai's office.
Massoud has said "the talks are in progress with the liberal outfit the Rights and Justice Party and the nationalist group the Afghan Millat party to get them into the collation."
"Within the next 10 days the finalized formation of the coalition would be officially announced," said Massoud.