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Decree’s fate likely to be decided before parliament recess

Decree’s fate likely to be decided before parliament recess

Jun 29, 2016 - 20:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Administrative board officials of both houses of parliament on Wednesday hoped the combined committee would decide the fate of the second presidential legislative decree on electoral reforms before summer recess.

The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament had rejected the decree, but the Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house yesterday approved the decree with some amendments.

Article 100 of the constitution says: “In case the decision of one house is rejected by another house, a combined committee composed of equal members of 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 n 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.

Senate secretary Abdullah Qarlaq said the upper house had introduced its members of the combined committee which would hold its maiden meeting next week.

He said the presidential decree was important because it was linked to Afghanistaninfo-icon’s fate and legitimacy of the government system. He hoped the combined committee would finalize and approve the decree keeping in view the country’s national interests.

The parliament is due to rise for summer recess next Afghan solar month. Qarlaq expressed the hope that the combined panel would approve the decree in order to pave the ground for adopting necessary preparations for holding the long delayed parliamentary and district council elections.

Wolesi Jirga secretary Irfanullah Irfan said the lower house would introduce its members of the combined committee in its next general session.

He said if the combined panel launched its work next week, the fate of the decree would become known before the summer break.


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