29 March 2017

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The second vice president, Sarwar Danesh met, Pernille Dahler Kardel, deputy special representative for United Nation’s Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) here yesterday, BNA reported.
According to the agency, the second vice president hoped the recent discussions on holding of elections to be summarized and concluded and firm decision to be taken on holding of the parliamentary elections.
Pointing to using of new technologies in holding of elections, the second vice president asked UNAMA office to help Afghanistan in such spheres and seriously follow the issues related to elections in close coordination with other donor countries, the agency said.
VP Danesh added using new technologies to bring transparency and prevent waste of the time in the elections, adding there was no limitation in Afghan law on procurement process of such technologies.
The deputy special representative for UNAMA welcomed the discussions on holding of elections, saying if there was plan to use such technologies in the elections, then there would be need to be introduced for public.
Pointing to Afghanistan’s international support of using new technologies in the elections, the deputy representative said the United Nations and other countries looking forward to bring transparency in the elections.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the session of council of ministers was held yesterday at Sapidar palace.
In the session, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in his preliminary speech by condemning recent terrorist attack on Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital said there was no human and Islamic norm in act of Taliban, adding that Taliban were responsible of such terrorist attacks because they were giving opportunity to all terrorist groups in the country.
Chief executive tasked ministry of urban development to complete reconstruction process of the hospital as soon as possible so that no gap would be created in treatment of patients and those injured.
Minister of urban development briefed that preliminary work for reconstruction of the hospital has been completed and it was now open.
Pointing to counter polio effort, the country’s chief executive said that counter polio campaign has reached susceptible phase, but eradication of the virus needed further efforts to be made by relevant organs.
He added that for repatriation of Afghan refugees, bilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan was significant and there was no obstacle for cooperation between the two countries.
Pointing also to entry test in the country, chief executive asserted that making use of biometric system would guarantee transparency of the process, adding that security organs were tasked to impartially cooperate with ministry of higher education.
Related to coming parliamentary elections, the country’s chief executive said that the national unity government in coordination with the international partners was making effort to adopt necessary measures for holding fair and transparent elections.

Monday, March 13, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Under the presidential decree Amrullah Saleh has been appointed as state minister for reforms in security sector and Sancharaki as deputy minister for information and culture on publication affairs, Bakhtar News Agency said Sunday.
The Presidential Press Office said in a statement that under a special decree by President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a ministry has been established for reforms in security sector.
According to the statement, Amrullah Saleh the ex-NDS chief was appointed as minister for the new ministry and as head of the high board for appointments in the security and defense sectors.
According to another statement from the presidential office another decree issued appointing Sayed Fazil Sancharki as the deputy publications minister for the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) replacing and Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi as finance and administrative deputy minister for the MoIC, replacing Zardasht Shams.
Another presidential decree, a separate statement said was issued by the presidential press office appointing Ahmad Sayed Mahjoor as finance and administrative deputy minister for the Ministry of Higher Education and Tafsira Hashimi as deputy chancellor for the Kabul University on Students Affairs.

Monday, March 13, 2017
Kabul (BNA) “Rule of law is impossible without an independent justice system, thus, no one is allowed to interfere in justice and judiciary organs’ affairs,” Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said on Sunday, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, speaking in a ceremony held yesterday under the name of ‘Rule of Law and Justice”, Dr. Abdullah said that the judiciary system must have its independence against any organ and there must be no interference in their affairs.
Dr. Abdullah also stressed that justice will be applied only when we uproot oppression and corruption from the society, the statement added.
At the same time, the Second Vice President, Sarwar Danish said that bringing reforms in judicial system was a need and complained about bribery.
During the ceremony, Attorney General also vowed to seriously fight corruption within the judicial system.
“The Government of Afghanistan is decisive to fight corruption, our justice system could remove Afghanistan’s name from the index of corrupt countries in six months,” said Mohammad Farid Hamidi, the Attorney General of the country. The seminar was held by Supreme Court of the country.

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