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Tuesday November 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The new ambassador of Afghanistan to Italy, Dr. Ziaudin Nizam had presented his credential letter to President of Italy, press of office of foreign ministry here said.
The Afghan top diplomat in Rome, according to the source had also conveyed the warm regards of President Hamid Karzai to the Italian President, besides briefing him on Afghanistan’s achievements over the past 11 years.

Tuesday November 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Presidential and provincial council polls, date has constitutionally been set in accordance with the constitution and overall situation in the country, the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (AIEC) chief said.
On October 31, the IEC announced the elections would be held on April 5, 2014.
The presidential vote result will be unveiled on May 14 and the provincial council polls outcome June 7.
IEC head Fazal Ahmad Manawi informed the Woelsi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, the date had been fixed in line with Article 61 of the constitution.
Under the article, the president has to win more than 50 percent of the votes cast through free, general, secret and direct voting.
A new president is to be elected in 30-60 days before the end of his/her term.
MP Mohammad Noor Akbari believed that if the election date was not set back, a large number of residents of cold areas would not be able to exercise their voting right.
Similarly, electioneering could not be initiated two months before the ballot and completed in the winter, the lawmakers from Daikundi province said, suggesting the election should be delayed for two weeks.
However, Manawi said it was difficult to ensure at a time security, favorable weather conditions and international support for the election.
“I don’t think the cold weather will affect voters, who are used to climatic conditions of their areas.”
The parliament, expected to welcome the election schedule, had been rather critical of the date, he regretted.
“Consensus should be evolved; the commission on implementation of the constitution should tell us a legal solution.
Manawi said they planned to set up 7,000 voting centers across the country, a number that could be changed.
The polls would be organized simultaneously, because making security arrangements and seeking foreign funding for four elections in two years was problematic, he argued.
Parliamentary and district council elections are scheduled for 2015.
Based on past experiences, a draft electoral law was prepared and submitted to the president for approval five months back, the IEC chief said.

Tuesday November 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Spokesman Aimal Faizai has said that the government is demanding the early transition of Bagram prison from US military to the Afghans lead.
Addressing a press conference here yesterday, he noted that 57 detainees who have been absolved by the court should be set free in its earliest.
He also stated that holding the detainees who received pardon from the judiciary is a breach of the agreement signed between US and Afghanistan.
Answering a question with regard to the security pact between US and Afghanistan, Faizi noted that talks on the subject are going on and the issue of Bagram prison has no impact.
However, he went on to say that Afghanistan has its own condition in the negotiations which ensure the national interests and sovereignty.
Replying another question he said that Pakistan had set free some Taliban detainees in the wake of High Peace Council delegation visit to Islamabad.
He also said that Pakistan had called on the armed opposition groups to server ties with al-Qaida network, saying this is a positive step towards peace efforts in Afghanistan.

Tuesday November 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar received a delegation of Youth Network activists for reform and change, here yesterday.
In the meeting, some members of the delegation while describing their objective as efforts for peace, poppy eradication and fighting corruption in the country.
They also called on the senate to support the youth network in achieving the noble cause.
Muslimyar, for his part appreciated the youth, saying the youth of the country can play effective role in taking the country towards progress.
He also assured the support of senate in this regard.
In a similar meeting with first deputy senate Mohammad Alam Azyedyar, the youth delegation emphasized for having good governance, fighting corruption, drug elimination, transparent election and defending women right.
Azyedyar in his speech while assuring senate support with the youth stated the young generation of the country can achieve the noble cause set for progress of the country.