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Wolesi Jirga suspends membership of 6 MPs

Wolesi Jirga suspends membership of 6 MPs

May 14, 2016 - 21:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Saturday decided to suspend membership of six lawmakers for being long absent from sessions.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told Saturday’s session of the lower house that the lawmakers had decided to suspend membership of six permanent absent public representatives.

The decision was in accordance with the house code of conduct under which a lawmaker could be suspended if he/she failed to appear for two consecutive months, he said.

The absent lawmakers include Amanullah Guzar from Kabul, Farishta Anwari from Nimroz, Mohammad Ishaaq Rahguzar from Balkh, Ezatullah Atif from Kabul, Faridoon Momand from Nangarhar and Alam Khan Azada from Balkh.

“In line with the internal code of conduct of Wolesi Jirga, all privileges of public representatives are withheld after remaining absent for two months. The absent MPs have been warned if they remained absent for 20 more days, they would be dealt with in accordance with the rules,” the speaker said.

Lawmaker from Takhar Habiba Danish said there were some lawmakers who had been absent for a long time without any legal excuse. “Today’s decision can prevent the problem.”

“Most MPs don’t attend parliament session due to security threats, but we face the same situation. As people have trusted us, so we have to attend sessions to highlight problems of the people and resolve them,” she said.



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