Wolesi Jirga rejects yet another presidential decree
The lower house had amended the law on acting officials in early June, barring acting ministers and departmental heads from performing duty beyond two months in acting capacity.
But during the house summer recess, the president issued a legislative decree exempting security ministers from the law.
On November 19, the Wolesi Jirga had rejected the same decree but later on Dec. 06, 2015, the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament approved the decree.
Therefore, the decree was referred to a joint delegation of both houses of parliament under Article 100 of the Constitution.
The article says “in case a decision of one house is rejected by another house, a combined committee composed of equal members from each house is formed to resolve the disagreement. The decision of the committee is enforced after its approval by the President.
In case the combined committee cannot solve the disagreement, the defeated resolution is considered void. And, if the resolution is approved by the Wolesi Jirga, it can be approved in the next session of the Wolesi Jirga by the majority of its members.
This approval is assumed as enforceable, after it is signed by the President, without submission to the Meshrano Jirga.
In case the disagreement between the two houses is over legislations involving financial affairs, and the combined committee is not able to resolve it, the Wolesi Jirga can approve the draft by the majority vote of its members.
This draft is assumed as enforceable without submission to the Meshrano Jirga after it is signed by the President.”
But the joint commission failed to reach an agreement on the decree and Wolesi Jirga members on Monday voted to reject the decree.
Of 173 members of the joint delegation present, 167 voted against the decree, announced Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.
“The security situation in the country is bad, so the leaders of the country should introduce nominees for the ministry of defence, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Attorney General Office to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence,” he said.
Since returning from summer recess, the Wolesi JIrga has so far rejected eight presidential legislative decrees.
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