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Bamyan lawmakers end protest against governor

Bamyan lawmakers end protest against governor

Jul 07, 2015 - 15:10

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Protesting lawmakers on Tuesday ended their one month sit-in against the newly elected governor but their supporters attacked the governor house with stones, leaving windowpanes of the governor house smashed.

Earlier, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) introduced Taher Zahir as governor for central Bamyan province amid protest by some lawmakers and people.

Zahir was appointed as governor by the (IDLG) last month but he delayed resuming work due to opposition by some lawmakers.

During a ceremony arranged in his honor, Zahir had said: “Bamyan has a democratic community and people can express their views openly. There is support and opposition but I think that opposition cannot hamper development activities.”

Bamyan was reeling under widespread corruption, he claimed, pledging he would help improve educationinfo-icon, healthinfo-icon and media sectors in cooperation close cooperation of local people and departments.

Lawmakers Mohammad Akbarik, Safura Elkhani, Syed Fakor Behisti and Abdul Rahman Shaidani ended their protest today but the sit-in turned violent as some of their supporters attacked the governor office with stones and eggs. 

Safura Elkhani said they had decided to end the protest and attend the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon session on Jalrez carnage in which the lower house would impeach government officials who committed negligence.

At least 30 militants and 24 ALP men were killed and 18 other rebels wounded in Kabulinfo-icon-Bamyan Highway clashes in central Maidan Wardak province on Friday.

The ALP force also lost control of 12 security posts. However, security officials had said Afghan forces regained control of all 12 posts in Jalrez district.



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