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Special court to go within a week: MP

Special court to go within a week: MP

Mar 14, 2011 - 18:04

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai promised a parliamentary delegation on Monday that the special election court looking into allegations of fraud in the Sept 18 legislative polls would be abolished within a week.

A group of MPs won the presidential assurance at a meeting, an insider told Pajhwok Afghan News. However, he said Karzai asked them not to share the matter with media. The lawmakers will again meet the president by Saturday

"Today, we met the president and he assured us that the special election court will be shut down by next Sunday."

A week back, a group of 38 MPs met the president and the chief justice on the abolition of the court. Those meetings were described "inconclusive" by legislators.

However this time around, a parliamentarian said on condition of anonymity, their talks with the president were positive. "The President told us that not to worry about the special court; nothing will happen."

The tribunal was established in late December after a barrage of fraud complaints. As part of its activities, a recount of votes has been completed in six provinces while the process is underway in 14 others.

Calling it "unconstitutional", MPs have sought the panel's dissolution. But losing candidates believe that dissolution of the court is neither the president's nor the Supreme Court's authority.


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