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    Governance

    MP tenders apology to colleagues

    KABUL (PAN): Abdul Wodood Paiman, a member of the Wolesi Jirga, on Monday apologised for accusing 80 percent of lower house members of accepting briberies from ministers.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga OKs SNTV system

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved two important articles of the proposed election law concerning the Single Non-Transferable Vote (SNTV) system and ballot counts at voting centres.



    Governance

    Senators see no need for early PC polls

    KABUL (PAN): Some senators on Sunday criticised recent suggestions by Wolesi Jirga members for holding provincial council (PC) election ahead of the presidential vote.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga to evolve peace mechanism

    KABUL (PAN): A majority of Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) members on Saturday agreed to the creation of a commission to evolve a mechanism that could make peace with the armed opposition groups.



    Security and Crime

    Security deteriorating in Afghanistan, warns Red Cross

    KABUL (PAN): The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday warned security was deteriorating across Afghanistan, urging the warring parties to prevent civilian casualties.



    Governance

    Provincial polls should precede presidential vote: MPs

    KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said they would talk to President Karzai and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) over conducting provincial elections ahead of the presidential polls because the service term of two-thirds senators would end in February.



    Governance

    Senate summons key ministers on border gate issue

    KABUL (PAN): A day after Pakistan announced a dispute over the construction of a security gate along the shared frontier had been resolved, the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of Afghan parliament on Tuesday summoned defence, foreign and interior ministers over the issue.



    Security and Crime

    80 civilians killed in past 3 months: Kofi

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga Commission on Women's Affairs on Tuesday asked all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to exercise utmost care not to harm civilians in their operations.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga rejects presidential decree

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday rejected a presidential decree that restricted high-ranking officials from travelling abroad without a permission letter received from the Presidential Palace through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



    Governance

    80 MPs accepted bribes from ministers: Paiman

    KABUL (PAN): A Wolesi Jirga member on Monday revealed 80 lawmakers had received bribes from ministers summoned over under-spending development funds in 2011.