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Wolesi Jirga session prorogued as MPs trade barbs

Wolesi Jirga session prorogued as MPs trade barbs

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Jun 27, 2018 - 14:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wednesday’s session of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, or lower house of Parliament, ended with an exchange of harsh words between two lawmakers.

Earlier, civil societyinfo-icon activists and residents of southern Ghazni province demanded reopening of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) branch and warned of protests if their call went unheard.

For elections to the Wolesi Jirga in October this year, Ghazni has been divided into three constituencies.

Abdul Latif Pedram, a public representative form Badakhshan, hit out at the IEC decision on constituencies of Ghazni.

But Kamal Safi, a legislator from northern Kunduz province, stressed the need for unity and accused Pedram of harming national interests and insulting other ethnic groups.

However, Administrative Board officials closed Safi’s mike and Pedram raised a red card. But he was not allowed to speak. Both MPs traded harsh words and the speaker prorogued the session.

Meanwhile, MP Kamal Nasir Usuli said: “Violations of rules have become a routine affair for politicians. When law is violated in our favor, we remain silent.”

He said: “When the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) slot was created against the constitution, all of us were silent and considered it the country’s best interest.

“However, to you, justice for the people of Ghazni is against the law,” he remarked, stressing adherence to rules under all circumstances.

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