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Not on collision course with parliament, says Ghani

Not on collision course with parliament, says Ghani

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Nov 13, 2016 - 15:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said fruitful meetings with public representatives are in interest of the country, assuring his government is not on a collision course with the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon.

Ghani expressed the view during a meeting with members of the Wolesi Jirga’s administrative board and heads of commissions at the Presidential Palace on Saturday evening.

“We are committed to introducing reforms and transparent accountability.We respect the principle of separation of powers,” he told the participants, including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah.

“Our productive meetings with the parliament members are in the interest of the country. But a solution is in your hands and it depends on you how to decide on key issues facing the country,” he remarked.

Ghani said the government did suggest suspension of summoning of ministers by the lower house. At least a hundred countries had problems in budget spending but only a few had been able to address them, he added.

His administration had taken steps for utilisation of budget and improving financial budgetary systems, Ghani claimed.The president said budget spending in 1395 solar yearinfo-icon was far better compared to last year.

“We are not in confrontation with the Wolesi Jirga as we conducted 30 consultative meetings with the parliament in the past two years,” the president maintained.

CEO Abdullahsaid the 1394 solar year was full of problems for Afghanistaninfo-icon. He stressed implementation of projects and spending of budgets was directly linked to stability of the country.

“We are concerned about your decision on summoning ministers, because it will further impede the spending of development funds. We should find a proper way of dealing with challenges,” he suggested.

Wolesi Jirga SpeakerAbdur Rauf Ibrahimi assured: “We know the government’s intentionsare good, but the lower house will act in accordance with the law in unseating cabinet members.”

He said the president had always cooperated with the lower house of the parliament and had forged close relations with the key pillars of the state.Ibrahimi hoped consultative meetings would continue to take place.

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