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Budget rejection meant to pressure the president

Budget rejection meant to pressure the president

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Mar 29, 2011 - 18:44

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Some losing candidates of last year's parliamentary election believe the new Parliament rejected next year's annual budget to pressure the president into abolishing a special election court.

The court, looking into allegations of fraud during the September election, was set up in December last year. The sitting MPs, however, called it unconstitutional and have asked the president to dissolve it.

The 15 billion afghanis ($329.8 million) budget was rejected by Parliament with a majority vote on Monday.

A failed candidate, Sardar Mohammad Rahman Oghli, said the sitting parliamentarians were using the budget as a way to force Hamid Karzai to suspend the court.

He accused the MPs of making their way to Parliament illegally.

Another failed candidate, Moeen Mrastyal, said the MPs were afraid of the special court, which is why they were putting pressure on Karzai.

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