Wolesi Jirga Rejects Reforms Decree

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MPs in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Monday rejected President Ashraf Ghani’s legislative decree on electoral reforms.

Only 27 MPs voted in favor of the decree.

“This is our authority to amend any law. We should try to shoulder our responsibility properly,” said MP Hafiz Mansour.

A number of MPs said the reason behind rejecting the decree was the interference from a number of circles inside government and from a number of lawmakers as they do it for their own benefit.

“There are a number of figures that they cannot go to their areas and get votes. Whether their areas are insecure or they do not have the chance for candidacy,” said MP Farhad Azimi.

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi said: “The people and government expected that if MPs were against the decree and if they rejected it, they should have presented their recommendations to complete the reforms process and opt for holding the elections.”

Meanwhile, a number of residents took to the streets of Kabul in protest over the rejection of the decree and urged President Ashraf Ghani to issue another decree to start bringing reforms to the electoral system.

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