Karzai to solve controversy over special court: Ibrahimi
KABUL(PAN): Wolesi Jirga speaker on Saturday said President Hamid Karzai had promised to find a logical solution this week to the controversy over a special election court looking into allegations of fraud in last year's parliamentary election.
The revelation came as a large number of disgruntled candidates, who did not make it to the lower house of the Parliament in the Sept. 18 ballot, staged a protest demonstration in Kabul. They asked the president and his two deputies not to dissolve the court under pressure from the sitting legislators.
Around 38 lawmakers, seeking dissolution of the tribunal, met the President twice in less than five days.
The MPs call the court, a panel of five judges, as "unconstitutional," but losing candidates say the body is legal and no body, even the president, has the authority to abolish it.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahim, told Saturday's session the Chief Justice was also present at their meetings with President Karzai, who, he said promised to the address the controversy until Tuesday.
An MP from western Farah, Mohammad Sarwar Osmani, said they would not accept whatever verdict the court delivered. He asked the sitting lawmakers to stand united against the court's establishment. "If even one of our fellow MPs is unseated, we all will boycott (the Parliament)".
But another MP from Helmand, Nasima Niazi said MPs who had committed fraud were afraid of the court's decision. She called the court's establishment as legal.
The house was to debate on the budget draft for next fiscal year on Saturday, but it remained engaged in rhetoric surrounding the controversial court.
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