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    Governance

    Lyons stresses women’s participation in polls

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons on Thursday called on the Afghan women to actively partake in the April 5 elections and thereby contribute to efforts for peace and stability.



    Governance

    Ikram elected as lower house secretary

    KABUL (Pajhwok): As the Wolesi Jirga session entered its fourth day on Wednesday, lawmaker Syed Ikram was elected as secretary of the lower house of parliament.   



    Security and Crime

    US urged to give Afghans military gear

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence and some lawmakers on Tuesday urged the US to hand over its military vehicles to Afghan forces instead of giving them to Pakistan. Afghan forces were in dire need of such tools to counter the insurgency, they argued.



    Governance

    Senators lash out at absent colleagues

    KABUL (Pajhwok): As a majority of senators were found absent from the Meshrano Jirga session on Tuesday, colleagues said some of the absentees were busy campaigning for the April elections.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga elects 1st deputy speaker

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- the lower house of parliament -- on Tuesday elected its first deputy speaker, but failed to choose the secretary.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga elects 1st deputy speaker

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga --- lower house of parliament --- on Tuesday elected its first deputy speaker, but again failed to choose the secretary.



    Governance

    MPs fail to elect 1st deputy speaker, secretary

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Monday again failed to elect its first deputy speaker and secretary, adjourning the voting to Tuesday.



    Governance

    2 political groups swing behind Rassoul

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Two political parties threw their weight behind presidential candidate Dr. Zalmai Rassoul at a gathering marking the 19th death anniversary of Abul Ali Mazari, the founder of Wahdat-i-Milli Islami party, in Kabul on Thursday.



    Governance

    Karzai urged to name Fahim’s successor soon

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday urged President Hamid Karzai to name a successor to late vice-president Mohammad Qasim Fahim and introduce him to the house for a vote of confidence as soon as possible.



    Governance

    Hundreds of clerics throw weight behind Ghani

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of religious leaders coming from a number of provinces to Kabul on Monday said they would support presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in next month’s elections and urged him to implement Sharia law if he won.