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President can abolish special court: official

President can abolish special court: official

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Mar 16, 2011 - 21:09

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The president has the authority to dissolve a special court studying complaints of irregularities in last year's parliamentary election, an official said on Wednesday.

"A body or a person who can establish a court, can also abolish it," Gul Rahman Qazi, head of the Independent Commission for the Supervision of the Implementation of the Constitution, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

But losing candidates say dissolving the court is neither the President nor the Supreme Court's authority. They say the court, which is currently carrying out a vote recount process in 20 provinces, should continue its probe until it reaches a final decision.

Qazi said the Supreme Court had proposed establishment of the court to President Hamid Karzai on Dec.26 and he approved it.

"If the president can approve, he can also abolish it," he said, adding the apex court could also propose dissolution of the court to the President.

However, a losing candidate, Kabir Ranjbar, said the court should be allowed to continue its job. "No one, including the president, can abolish the court until it hands down its decision, "he said.

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