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“You Are Shareholders in Our Democratic Set-up,” President Ghani Tells New MPs

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Thursday April 25, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with successful Wolesi Jirga candidates at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday night, BNA reported. At the outset state minister for parliamentary affair Farooq Wardak said the new parliament members were willing to work for a national goal and start a new chapter in the country’s parliament. Representing of others, Abdul Qader Qalatwall, Dr. Khadija Elham, Gul Rahman Hamdard, Eng. Mir Haidar Afzali, Shafiqa Sakha Youlchi, Malalai Ishaqzai, Nikbakht Fahimi, Eng. Helmand Helmand, Homayoun Shaheedzada, Ustad Hanif, Ustad Ulfati and Abdul Shokor Waqef Hakimi spoke and asked the President to inaugurate the new parliament.
They also asked for announcement of the parliamentary election results of Kabul and Maidan Wardak provinces as well as for Kuchis, calling generation changes of MPs as one of the main characteristics of the 17th legislative term of the parliament. They also asked for coordination and cooperation among the three forces of government and praised government and President Ghani’s programs for peace, security and self-reliance in the country. Congratulating new MPs, President Ghani said that anything ignoring the constitution amounts to a coup and is unacceptable to the nation. “Six months ago, I was waiting for this day when the government and key national institutions stand completed,” President Ghani commented during the overnight meeting.
President Ghani said he was ready to open the new Wolesi Jirga’s session. “You are shareholders in our democratic set-up. We are not in competition, but accountable to the nation and partners in law enforcement.” He added the lower house should not be changed into a breeding ground for extremism. “We should resolve out issues together. Mutual respect is necessary between the executive and legislative branches.” President Ghani called peace, the Consultative Loya Jirga and the presidential elections as the three important issues. He said the participation of lawmakers, particularly, Wolesi Jirga members would be vital in the planned Loya Jirga.

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