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Mujaddedi elected as Loya Jirga chairman

Mujaddedi elected as Loya Jirga chairman

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Nov 21, 2013 - 14:25

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Former president Sibghatullah Mujaddedi was chosen on Thursday as chairman of the four-day Loya Jirgainfo-icon on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States.

Beginning amid extraordinary security arrangements at 10.30am, the four-day consultative assembly will debate the nitty-gritty of the accord shaping a future US military presence in the country.  

Around 2,500 people’s representatives, tribal chieftains and 500 guests, including foreigners, are attending the forum. A security blanket has been thrown around the city, where several busy entry points have been blocked.

National assembly and provincial council members, scholars, womeninfo-icon, civil societyinfo-icon groups, the Kuchiinfo-icon tribe, people with disabilities, traders, rights activists and representatives are among invitees.  

Over the past two years, Afghanistaninfo-icon and the US have held several rounds of tough negotiations on shaping a US military presence after 20014, when all foreign combat troops are scheduled to leave.

Following President Hamid Karzai’s address, the preparatory commission deputy head, Niamatullah Shahrani, proposed Mujaddedi as the jirgainfo-icon’s chairman. The house unanimously approved Shahrani’s proposal.

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