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Coalition ends Wolesi Jirga boycott

Coalition ends Wolesi Jirga boycott

Oct 05, 2011 - 13:57

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Law-Supporting Coalition in the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon announced on Wednesday they would attend house sessions and campaign within Parliament for achieving their goals.

With 104 members in a house of 249, the coalition has been boycotting the Wolesi Jirga since September 4 after nine of its members were disqualified in line with the Independent Election Commission’s decision.

Abdul Zahir Qadir, the Coalition head, told journalists their boycott would end on Saturday. His collation would go all out to have the unseated members reinstated and prevent violations of the law, Qadir explained.

The announcement comes a month after the group said it would stay away from parliamentary sessions until the disqualified members were reinstated.

Qadir said heads of 34 provincial councils had asked them to end their boycott and his coalition accepted the request in the national interest.

Abdul Zahir Faizi, the Herat provincial council chief, welcomed the coalition's acceptance of their appeal at a news conference in Kabul.

Abdul Habibi Andiwal, one of the disqualified MPs, said he was confident the group would defend their rights in Parliament. He added defending the rights of the nine lawmakers amounted to respecting people’s mandate.




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