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Loya Jirga on peace: 51 committees jerk into action

Loya Jirga on peace: 51 committees jerk into action

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Members of the Consultative Loya Jirgainfo-icon on Peace on Tuesday constituted 51 working committees to appoint their heads and secretaries.

The Consultative Loya Jirga that kicked off on Monday in Kabul is scheduled to continue for four days to discuss a framework for peace talks, a possible agreement with Talibaninfo-icon and set out conditions for reconciliation.

More than 3,000 participants and 300 guests, including foreign envoys, government ministers and other high-ranking officials, are taking part in the massive gathering.

On Monday, President Ghani named Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf as chairman of the Loya Jirga. Habiba Surabi, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, and Fazal Hadi Muslimyar were nominated as deputies of the jirgainfo-icon.

But some participants objected to the announcement of the deputy heads without any elections. As a result, the assembly had to be adjourned.

As part of the Consultative Loya Jirga's agenda, four deputy heads would be elected through committees, which would work till 6:30pm today. But the chairman announced the deputies without holding a ballot, drawing harsh reaction from members.

A jirga member told Pajhwok Afghan News there is better order today than yesterday, and at around 8:00am, delegates were divided into 51 working groups.

He confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News that the event proceeding in an orderly manner. He said heads and secretaries of the committees were scheduled to be elected today.

In the afternoon, ballot boxes will be set up for the selection of board directors (four deputies and four secretaries).


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