Parliament rises for 45-day winter break
KABUL (Pajhowk): The Afghan parliament, after completing the fifth constitutional year, is all set to rise for a 45-day winter break from tomorrow.
Under Article 107 of the Constitution, the National Assembly shall hold two regular sessions annually. The term of both regular sessions shall be nine months every year, and when needed, the Assembly shall extend its term. Extraordinary sessions during recess shall be convened by Presidential order.
Wolesi Jirga secretary Irfanullah Irfan told Wednesday’s session the lower house had conducted 51 general, two summoning, 15 questioning, three information seeking sessions and one behind closed doors and 30 normal general sessions since Oct. 8, 2015.
During the period, the Wolesi Jirga had approved 39 draft laws, legislative decrees, and draft budget, nine international agreements and rejected seven legislative decrees and a non-legislative decree, he said.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the winter recess would start from tomorrow. He praised lawmakers for their remarkable performance with regard to monitoring, making laws, advocacy and others despite security threats and other issues.
Ibrahimi asked the legislators to visit their constituents during the vacations and share their problems in general sessions after the return from the break.
The parliamentary elections were due in April or May of 2015 under the Constitution, but the government delayed the vote until next year and extended the Wolesi Jirga mandate until the fresh ballot is held.
The election commission had set an Oct 15 date for the long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections, apparently without any coordination with the government.
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