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Wolesi Jirga members scold absent colleagues

Wolesi Jirga members scold absent colleagues

Jul 20, 2015 - 18:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Monday could not hold its general session because a majority of the lawmakers were absent.

Some lawmakers, who attended the session, lashed out at their absent colleagues, saying the house could not pass bills that had landed in the house earlier.

One of them, Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Rahman Rahmani from northeastern Badakhshan province said the lower house could not proceed with a defined program during Ramadaninfo-icon and today’s session might be the last one as summer vacations were approaching.  

He said security issues continued to haunt lawmakers and the Defence Ministry and the Attorney General Office continued to be run by acting officials.

The summer recess is scheduled to begin from July 23 till early September.

Shinkai Karokhel, a lawmaker from Kabul province, also expressed her annoyance over the disappearance of most of lawmakers and said that the public representatives must ensure their presence in the house to raise concerns of their people.

She said some lawmakers had traveled to their native provinces and others had gone on foreign trips and the remaining did not appear at today’s session knowing that the parliament would rise for the summer break in two days.

Haji Nazir Ahmad, second deputy speaker, said three commissions of the house in their meetings had discussed the possibility of postponing the summer recess.

He urged colleagues to attend important sessions in which essential drafts could be approved.


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