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Kofi threatens protests against govt’s stay beyond term

Kofi threatens protests against govt’s stay beyond term

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May 31, 2019 - 14:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon Change Wave leader lawmaker Fauzia Kofi on Friday said the government’s acts beyond May 22 were illegal and warned of launching a protest movement for achieving their rights if the government did not pay attention to their demands.

Addressing a conference titled “The end of government term on May 22” here, the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member said the unity government’s tenure had expired and its continuation was unconstitutional.

“Five years term of the government has ended. The people’s vote has no respect and unfortunately during the past five years, little was done towards the nation’s wishes.”

Kofi said when people took to the streets for their civil demands, their peaceful protests were targeted with bombs and faced security risks.

She said it was not the job of the Supreme Court to extend the government’s tenure but as the apex court was in service of the government, it did so.

“Such acts show our future generation should not demand any power in future, but the struggle we have started it is that we should change the tradition of authority and ensure people's share in political participation.”

The lawmaker asked her supporters to become united if they wanted respect and if they kept mum, they would lose the chance to get their rights for the next several decades.

Kofi warned if the government did not respond to their demands until Eidul Fitr, they would launch a protest movement.

Legal expert Abdul Waheed Farza told the gathering that the government’s tenure had ended and its continution was against the Constitution. He said the Supreme Court had no authority under the Constitution to extend the government’s term.

Civil societyinfo-icon activist Baqi Samandar said it was not acceptable for the people of Afghanistan that the government should continue working beyond its constitutional term.

He said political forces should exert pressure on the government to conduct the presidential election on time as if the election was delayed, it would plunge the country into a new political crisis.

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