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Unity govt violates 75pc of the Constitution: Legal experts

Unity govt violates 75pc of the Constitution: Legal experts

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Jan 09, 2019 - 19:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Lawyers Association (ALA) has accused the national unity government of violating the Constitution, saying its leaders sought illegal approaches to prolong stay in power.

Abdul Ghayor Ghayor, the ALA president, told a conference titled, ‘Funeral Ceremony of the Constitution,’ in Kabul on Wednesday that the country’s Constitution was repeatedly violated since approved in 2003 and even buried with the establishment of what he called the ‘illegal’ unity government in 2014.

He said the past governments had also violated the Constitution but the national unity government violated ‘75 percent’ of the constitutional articles.

Ghayor said delaying the presidential election from April 20 to July 20 was another violation of the Constitution. “The government by taking this step proved it could follow any illegal way to remain in power and would not respect any rules and laws.”

Gul Ahmad Madadzai, deputy ALA head, said the government observed parts of the Constitution which benefitted them, but violated the parts that were not in their favor.

Of 162 articles of the Constitution, 122 or 75 percent have been violated by the government, he said.

Naser Timori, a researcher and advocacy in-charge at the Integrity Watch Afghanistan, said the government treated independent organs like those under its control as it used to influence them.

He said the Attorney General Office which was an independent organ and was not part of the executive, but the government used it as an executive power.

“The government has crossed all limits in treating the independent organs and the president even released an order to remove the word ‘independent’ from such organs,” he claimed.

He said they would organize ‘a funeral ceremony’ of the Constitution ever year in future until it was fully implemented.

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