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Summons issue to top agenda after recess: Ibrahimi

Governance & Politics

عبدالستار خواصي د ولسي جرګې منشي

Summons issue to top agenda after recess: Ibrahimi

Jan 20, 2013 - 16:56

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The issue of summoned ministers would top the agenda of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon (lower house) session after its 45-day winter recess, beginning on Monday, the assembly said on Sunday.

Nearly a dozen ministers have been summoned to explain why they failed to spend a major portion of their development funds last year. However, the debate split lawmakers as some of them opposed calling the ministers who had not been in their current positions in 2012.

"The house rises tomorrow for a one-and-half month winter break," the speaker announced, saying the subject of summons would be discussed soon after the recess.

Assembly Secretary Abdul Sattar Khwasi, presenting a report about the assembly's activities over the past four months, told reporters the lower house had approved 22 bills into law during the period.

It ratified 20 international agreements and four declarations besides twice rejecting this year's budget with amendments to the proposed accounts, Khwasi said, without elaborating. The assembly on Sunday approved the draft budget for 2013 during an extraordinary session.

To a question, Khwasi admitted some lawmakers had been unable to travel to their home provinces to help resolve people's problems there due to security concerns.

The winter break will give breathing space to the ministers who will appear before the house and explain their position on under-spending uplift budget.

"The house will have the question on the top of its agenda when it returns from the vacation," Khwasi said.



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