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Parliament returning from summer break tomorrow

Parliament returning from summer break tomorrow

Sep 05, 2016 - 19:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The National Assembly is returning from its summer break tomorrow (Tuesday), as the electoral reform decree’s fate remains undecided and the vice-president on Monday said a new decree will be finalized within hours.

According to Article 107th of the Constitution: “The National Assembly shall hold two regular sessions annually. The term of both regular sessions shall be nine months every year, and when needed, the Assembly shall extend its term. Extraordinary sessions of the Assembly during recess shall be convened by Presidential order.”

The assembly is returning from a one and a half months summer vacation that commenced from July 22.

Eng. Haseebullah Kalimzai, Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon 2nd deputy chairman, on Monday told Pajhwok Afghan News the second annual session of the current year would take place on Tuesday.

He said the upper house besides resuming the session had also specified the panel heads’ agenda for tomorrow session.

Farishta Amini, a lawmaker from Nimroz province, confirmed the second annual session would begin from tomorrow.

President Ashraf Ghani was expected to avail from the recess and issue a decree on electoral reform and execute it based on the interpretation of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC).

Earlier today, second vice-president Sarwar Danish promised finalizing the long-awaited electoral reform decree within a few hours.

The president could issue a legislative decree when the assembly is on break under Article 79th of the Constitution that says: “During the recess of the House of Representatives, the Government shall, in case of an immediate need, issue legislative decrees, except in matters related to budget and financial affairs.”

The article adds: “Legislative decrees, after endorsement by the President, shall acquire the force of law. Legislative decrees shall be presented to the National Assembly within thirty days of convening its first session, and if rejected by the National Assembly, they become void.”

President Ghani had issued two decrees on electoral reform, but both were rejected by the lower house or Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon.

However, the upper house or Meshrano Jirga approved the second presidential decree and then a joint delegation was established but the panel couldn’t resolve the issue and the decree remains undecided.

The Wolesi Jirga can approve or reject the decree with two-thirds majority vote.


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