Mujaddedi elected as Loya Jirga chairman
Beginning amid extraordinary security arrangements at 10.30am, the four-day consultative assembly will debate the nitty-gritty of the accord shaping a future US military presence in the country.
Around 2,500 people’s representatives, tribal chieftains and 500 guests, including foreigners, are attending the forum. A security blanket has been thrown around the city, where several busy entry points have been blocked.
Over the past two years, Afghanistan and the US have held several rounds of tough negotiations on shaping a US military presence after 20014, when all foreign combat troops are scheduled to leave.
Following President Hamid Karzai’s address, the preparatory commission deputy head, Niamatullah Shahrani, proposed Mujaddedi as the jirga’s chairman. The house unanimously approved Shahrani’s proposal.
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