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Special Tribunal to Unseat 80 Parliamentarians

Special Tribunal to Unseat 80 Parliamentarians

KABUL - The Special Electoral Tribunal has decided to unseat more than 80 lawmakers in the House of Representatives, legislators said on Saturday.
Based on exact information about investigative processes of the special tribunal, it is planning to make the result of its probes public in a matter of days, Parliamentarians said.
"Recently, Special Tribunal along with justice organizations have come up with the decision to replace more than 80 lawmakers with new ones," Assadullah Saadati, a member of parliament, said.

"At the very beginning I made it clear that formation of the special tribunal was against Afghan laws and there is no doubt about it. But this is also against the laws to sit in the parliament based on frauds," Ramazan Bashardost, another member of parliament, said.
Last year President Karzai approved the establishment of a special tribunal suggested by the High Court to investigate into electoral frauds, which was strongly protested by winning candidates.
It has been times that the Afghan House of Representatives have called on President Hamid Karzai to terminate the tribunal saying it's against the Afghan constitution.

Legislators have also sent a letter to Karzai's Office about the introduction of the rest of his cabinet ministers and three members of High Court.
Speaker of the House, Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, said "We have sent a letter about acting ministers and three members of High Court Council, whose service terms have finished."
Parliamentarians had also urged President Karzai to introduce the rest of his cabinet ministers.
More than half of President Karzai's second presidential term is over now, but presence of seven acting ministers in his cabinet questions his government's potential and efficiency.
Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan had previously announced that investigations of the special tribunal would be completed in the near future and that it will soon unveil the results. (Tolo News)