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Draft Law on AGO Composition Sparks Walkout

Draft Law on AGO Composition Sparks Walkout

KABUL - A split among members on proposed legislation about the composition and powers of the Attorney General Office (AGO) triggered a walkout from the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, on Monday.
The Wolesi Jirga Judicial Commission presented the draft law before the assembly for approval, but some lawmakers complained the piece of legislation had not been debated by house panels.

Kamal Nasir Usuli, a member from southeastern Khost province, suggested a decision on the draft law be delayed until parliamentary formalities were met -- a view supported by public representatives from Logar and Kandahar.

Minister of Justice Habibullah Ghalib presented the law to the assembly for approval three days back. But Mohammad Abda, deputy head of the relevant commission, said the draft was sent to the house months ago.
He added all panels had been invited to a debate on the proposed law. Subsequently, Abda added, members of 12 of the 18 house panels debated it.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi ruled suggestions should be sought from legislators, who came up with mixed views. A number of MPs walked out to create a quorum problem, obstructing approval of the law.

As a result, the speaker said since the quorum was incomplete, a decision on the fate of the draft law would be taken on Wednesday. He also asked the panel concerned to create a joint commission on the issue on Tuesday. (Pajhwok)