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Wolesi Jirga set to rise for summer recess tomorrow

Wolesi Jirga set to rise for summer recess tomorrow

Jul 22, 2015 - 16:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon (WJ) -- or lower house of parliament -- is scheduled to rise for a 45-day summer recess on Thursday (tomorrow) at a time when some lawmakers acknowledge the assembly's poor performance during the past four months.

Nazir Ahmadzai, second deputy speaker, told reporters on Wednesday that the lower house would go on vacation from tomorrow. During the past four months and a half, the house debated more than 874 issues and took necessary steps for their resolution.

In addition, the assembly held 15 extraordinary sessions for observation purposes. The lower house, he said, approved six draft laws and an agreement and rejected a presidential decree in 56 general sessions.

During the period, the assembly granted votes of confidence to 18 ministers-designate, heads of two independent institutions and a member of the Supreme Court.

He asked the government to be quick in introducing the remaining nominees, including a defence minister-designate, the attorney-general, apex court members and heads of independent institutions.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers said the Wolesi Jirga did not perform well during the past four and a half months for different reasons. Habiba Danish, a lawmaker from nortehrn Takhar province, said insecurity and weak administration prevented parliamentarians from performing up to people’s satisfaction.



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