Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who was accused of war crimes committed in the 1990s, started Saturday in the run-up to the presidential election in July.
Returned from exile in 2016, he remains a very controversial character. His party, Hezb-e-Islami, is held responsible for many abuses during the civil war, including the siege of Kabul, which killed thousands in 1992.
In 2003, the US State Department listed him as a terrorist on charges of colluding with al Qaeda and the Taliban, but Washington welcomed thirteen years later the amnesty granted to him by the United States. President Ashraf Ghani.
Hekmatyar has since been critical of his administration and the conditions in which the 2018 legislative elections unfolded.
“The situation in our country requires a strong central government led by a president supported by the majority of the people,” he said Saturday at a press conference in Kabul.
Ashraf Ghani, whose election in 2014 was highly contested, is expected to announce Sunday his candidacy for a second term.