- Title: AFGHANISTAN: TROOPS AND CIVILIANS WAIT PEACEFULLY FOR SHURA OUTCOME.
- Date: 23rd February 1989
- Summary: Salang Highway, Afghanistan. (February 23, 1989) (REUTERS - ARUN KAPOOR) TRAVELLING SHOT Convoy of trucks on road. 0.27 LVs and SVs Troops waiting on trucks and tanks on road. (5 shots) 0.56 TRAVELLING SHOT Tank driving along road towards mountain. 1.11 Kabul, Afghanistan. (February 23, 1989) GV and SVs Snow in busy streets. (5 shots) 1.45 SV Camel in Street with snow on hump. 1.51 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 10th March 1989 12:00
- Location: Afghanistan, Afghanistan
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAAGAPD5K1P3FPUF1TQTY5239BB
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- Story Text: SALANG HIGHWAY/KABUL AFGHANISTAN
Afghan troops waited on Thursday to hear the result of the rebel's shura meeting that could escalate the bloody conflict in their war-torn country.
The shura meeting, in progress over the Pakistan border in Rawalpindi, was expected to vote on Thursday on a proposed new government for Afghanistan that will replace President Najibullah's administration if the rebel forces win a war against the Government troops and the growing civilian militia.
The 440 Moslem delegates at the meeting were given two votes each on Thursday morning and asked to cast them for two of the seven candidates from the leading Mujaheden factions. The candidate with most votes will be appointed President of the new regime and the second will be Prime Minister.
Representatives from eight smaller Iran-based factions left the shura because they said they were not given enough seats.
The shura began on February 10 and was supposed to last for three days.
Rebels waited for news from the shura in camps around the major cities while Government troops kept watch over the highways to make sure traffic and supply trucks were not disturbed.
In Kabul life continued as normal, in the lull before a potential storm, winter snow covered the streets patrolled by a growing number of troops while everyone waited for the announcement from Pakistan.
<strong>Source: REUTERS - ARUN KAPOOR</strong>
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