UN, IEC & govt would be to blame for death of fasting MP: husband
KABUL (PAN): The husband of unseated female lawmaker Samin Barakzai, whose hunger strike stretched into its eighth consecutive day Monday, said on Sunday that the United Nations, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Afghan government would be responsible if his spouse died.
Barakzai was among nine sitting Wolesi Jirga members disqualified by the election commission, which also named nine replacements from among candidates previously certified as having lost last year's Parliamentary elections.
The IEC stripped the Herat MP of her seat in August. She began her hunger strike in front of the Wolesi Jirga on October 2, saying she would continue to fast until she died or was reinstated to Parliament.
The Afghan government has not met the lawmaker's demands, her husband Mohammad Barakzai told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Public Health Ministry officials on Saturday said Barkzai would face serious kidney and stomach problems if she continued her strike even one day longer.
Deputy Health Minister Nadira Hayat said shortly after visiting Barakzai that she had refused intravenous fluids or to allow her blood pressure to be checked.
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