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MPs demand Ghani appear before Wolesi Jirga

MPs demand Ghani appear before Wolesi Jirga

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Apr 24, 2017 - 21:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Monday asked the president to appear before them to explain non-implementation of the lower house’s resolutions.

The lawmakers said if the president did not appear before the national assembly, the house should consider other options.

Lawmaker Naheed Farid during today’s general session accused President Ashraf Ghani of singleness of mind, saying the president didn’t show respect to lower house’s resolutions and approvals and had brought under question the Wolesi Jirga’s position.

She said the right to monitor government’s performance had been taken away from the house. She said the ministers could be summoned if the president wanted and they could continue in their job even if ousted by the parliament.

She said like ministers other government officials after being impeached remained in possession of their positions illegally.

While referring to 69th Article of the Constitution, she said: “When the governance situation is disintegrated, it is then considered a dictatorship, tyranny and misuse.”   

The article says: “The President shall be responsible to the nation as well as the House of People in accordance with the provisions of this Article.”

Naheed said: “We are the most legitimate force and we who represent the people are responsible to decide the fate of the country and don’t’ allow more mass killings and bloodshed…We have given this system legitimacy.”

Jafar Mahdoi, another legislator, said all the ministers acted like personal employees of Ghani because they had no authority and could not appoint or change workers in their offices.

He asked the house to summon the president to an open and closed session to brief the session and if the president’s clarification on various incidents was unsatisfactory, the 69th Article should be invoked.  

Shakiba Hashimi, another public representative, said the time had come to consider the 69th Article of the Constitution against the President.

Sadiqi Zada Nili, a lawmaker form Daikundi, said much part of the problem was the president himself because he had set up a government like an institution.

Other lawmakers held similar views and demanded the president appear in the house.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi ruled the house’s administrative board would hold a meeting with the president regarding the National Assembly’s resolutions and decisions’ implementation.

According to him, in case the president didn’t execute the parliament’s decisions, the representatives would be informed and the assembly would take a decision under the Constitution.

 “About 25 documents approved by the house which should be enforced are unfortunately pending with the president which is a clear violation of the Constitution and the president have no right to do so.”

He asked the president to respect implementation of the National Assembly’s approvals and bills.

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