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Absence of MPs sparks heated debate in WJ

Absence of MPs sparks heated debate in WJ

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Sep 19, 2019 - 12:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members have lashed out at the absence of 80 percent of lawmakers and lack of the agenda.

Ramazan Bashardost, an MP from Kabul, excoriated the Administrative Board in Wednesday’s session and claimed the lower house had been without any agenda for the last six months.

Most of public representatives did not participate in meetings of house commissions and skipped even regular sessions, he complained, saying absenteeism had eroded the value of the forum.

He added offices of the Administrative Boards remained closed, with lawmakers discussing personal affairs. The MP urged implementation of disciplinary action against the absentees.

Bashardost’s remarks angered 2nd Deputy Speaker Ahmad Shah Ramazan, who said: “Don’t mention my name again, I won’t stay silent...”

But Obaidullah Kalimzai, a public representative from Kabul, endorsed Bashardost’s statement and claimed the Administrative Board had failed to maintain quorum.

Without going into details, he told the second deputy speaker: “We have heard all things you told Bashardost. This is against the law and you don’t reserve the right to warn a member of the house,”

Other parliamentarians also hit out at the Administrative Board for failing to firm up a clear agenda on the sensitive situation the country was in.

Amir Khan Yar, first deputy speaker who chaired the session, said: “We acknowledge there are problems but all of them don’t concern the board. When we don’t work properly at the commission level how can we include a free debate in the agenda?”

He pointed out that around 200 members were absent from today’s session and the Administrative Board could not bring them in by force.

According to Article 73 of Rules and Procedure of the Wolesi Jirga, members of the house will be referred for disciplinary action if they commit the following offenses:

Carrying any weapon on the premises of the house, chanting abusive and inappropriate slogans, disrespecting internal principles, threatening members, accusing others and insulting others,

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