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Special court unconstitutional: MPs

Special court unconstitutional: MPs

Mar 02, 2011 - 17:22

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Legislators on Wednesday rejected as "unconstitutional" establishment of a special court looking into allegations of fraud in the Sept. 18 parliamentary election.

It is for the third time since its inauguration on Jan.26 that the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, or lower house of Parliament, has questioned the legality of the panel. Lawmakers unanimously called for its immediate abolition.

The house decided that a 34-member parliamentary delegation would meet President Hamid Karzai and ask him to disband the court, which he created on Dec.26.

"It's an unlawful court and should be abolished," said a parliamentarian from Kabul, Sher Wali Wardak. The president and the chief justice be approached to dissolve the panel that could create problems, he demanded.

An MP from Kandahar, Abdul Rahim Ayubi, said that President Karzai should abolish the court with immediate effect.

Haji Almaas Zahid from Parwan vowed not to accept the "unconstitutional" panel's verdict. "If the court summons any MP, we will boycott the house and challenge its decision."


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