Wolesi Jirga may continue until elections: Abdullah
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday said a decision would be taken soon to allow the Wolesi Jirga or lower of house of parliament to continue until parliamentary elections were held.
Abdullah expressed these views during a meeting with Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, the European Union (EU) special representative and ambassador to Afghanistan, a statement from the CEO office said.
It said both the sides discussed developments and latest changes concerning Afghanistan’s politics, security and other issues. They stressed the implementation of democracy in Afghanistan.
Abdullah said electoral reforms agreed between him and the president should be enforced. He said the Electoral Reforms Commission would start working soon and simultaneously a decision about the parliamentary election would also be made.
He added the sitting parliament would continue working until the parliamentary and district council elections were conducted.
His remarks comes after Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told Wednesday’s session that lawmakers would make a decision next Sunday about their duty beyond June 22, the date when the parliament five-year term expires.
According to Article 83 of the Constitution, new Wolesi Jirga members should start work on June 22. The article adds election for the lower house should be held one or two months ahead of the expiry of the parliament term.
In his meeting with the EU special envoy, Abdullah welcomed as positive step the appointment of Anisa Rassouli as the Supreme Court judge.
He said Rassouli with her rich experience and ability would be able to bring about reforms to the judicial system and simplify women’s access to justice.
The EU envoy called the appointment of a woman as a Supreme Court judge an important step of the national unity government and said it would help other women easily address their legal problems.
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