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Abrogating constitution amounts to coup: Ghani

Abrogating constitution amounts to coup: Ghani

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani says that anything ignoring the constitution amounts to a coup and is unacceptable to the nation.

In a statement from the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, Ghani made the remarks during a meeting with successful Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon candidates.

“Six months ago, I was waiting for this day when the government and key national institutions stand completed,” Ghani commented during the overnight meeting.

Final results of Wolesi Jirga elections from many constituencies have been announced. But the Kuchiinfo-icon constituency, Kabul, MaidanWardak, Paktia, Baghlan and Kunduz results are yet to be unveiled.

Dr. Faroq Wardak, minister of parliamentary affairs, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday that poll results from the rest of the provinces, except Kabul and MaidanWardak, would be announced next week. The new parliament may be inaugurated on Saturday.

Ghani said he was ready to open the new Wolesi Jirga’s session. “You are shareholders in our democratic set-up. We are not in competition, but accountable to the nation and partners in law enforcement.”

He added the lower house should not be changed into a breeding ground for extremism. “We should resolve our issues together. Mutual respect is necessary between the executive and legislative branches.”

Ghani called peace, the Consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon and the presidential elections as three important issues. He said the participation of lawmakers, particularly Wolesi Jirga members would be vital in the planned Loya Jirga.

The four-day Loya Jirga on peace is expected to be held in Kabul from April 29. Around 3,000 people including 30 percent womeninfo-icon will participate in the event.

During a visit to the Consultative Loya Jirga hall in Kabul on Tuesday, Ghani said all hurdles in the way of peace had been removed.


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