Afghan parliament members oppose national meeting on US security deal

KABUL: (MEP) – Majority of the Afghan lawmakers and the administrative staff of the Afghan parliament will not attend the national meeting (Loya Jirga) to debate the bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and United States.

Deputy Secretary of the Afghan parliament, Irfanullah Irfan said majority of the Afghan lawmakers and administrative staff of the Afghan parliament will not be present in the meeting, calling the organization of the Jirga against the Afghan constitution, khaama reportd.

Mr. Irfan further added that the issue was raised by house speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi who reiterated that national meeting (Loya Jirga) to debate the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington will not be legal, since there is no specific definition for Loya Jirga in Afghan constitution and the Jirga.

He said the lawmakers and administrative staff of the parliament will not attend the national meeting considering the content of the Afghan constitution.

Irfan also added that some of the lawmakers might individually attend the meeting, but majority of the parliament members and administrative staff will be absent.

According to Irfan the conditions set in Afghan constitution to organize the Loya Jirga have not been accumulated. However, the Afghan government insists that the president of Afghanistan has the authority to organize the Loya Jirga when needed.

The Loya Jirga is expected to be organized in capital Kabul within the next two weeks. According to the organizing committee officials, nomination process for half of the participants has been completed.

In the meantime, the administrative staff of the Afghan senate house has said that the senators will decide regarding their participation in Loya in the near future.

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