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transparent functions and accountable by providing accurate, objective and current reports
on all activities of Afghanistan's parliament.
|BRIEF ON DAILY ACTIVITIES OF PARLIAMENT||DATE|
|Lower House (Wolesi Jirga) held a plenary session on May 29, 2017 chaired by Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, speaker of the house. The house voted on two legislative documents which were presented by the Committee on International Affairs of Wolesi Jirga. The first document was a treaty between Afghanistan and Emirate on business of illegal intoxicants which was codified into a preface and 11 articles. The house approved this article with majority votes pro. Then, the treaty between the government of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan on extradition of criminals which was codified into a preface and 21 articles was approved by the house.||29-May-2017|
|Upper House (Meshrano Jirga) held a plenary session on May 28, 2017 chaired by Fazl Hadi Muslimyar. Based on the agenda, the senators discussed the proposal on amendment of items A and B of the SAARC charter. The proposal was presented to the plenary session by Mr. Abdul Latif Zhowandi, head of the Committee on International Affairs of Meshrano Jirga and approved by the house with majority votes pro. Subsequently, Senator Lutfullah Baba presented the report of a delegation of Meshrano Jirga who went to Sri-Lanka. The delegation of Meshrano Jirga composed of Dr. Asef Sedeqqi, Mer Hatam Tarakhil, Lutfullah Baba and Dr. Mohammad Ajan went to Sri-Lanka to attend the Sout-Asian countries parliamentary meeting. The delegation met with the speaker and members of parliament of Sri-Lanka and talked about fighting the terrorism in South-Asia and exportation of Afghanistan dry fruits to Sri-Lanka. Then, Senator Aziza Musleh presented the report of supervision trip of the head and members of the Committee on Legislation of Meshrano Jirga to Balkh and Samangan provinces.||28-May-2017|
|Wolesi Jirga held a plenary session on May 13, 2017 chaired by Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi speaker of the house decide about the legislative decree number 248 of the president on amendment of the last paragraph of article 4 of article 9 of the law on the civil services. The decree was presented to the plenary session of the house by Mr. Mohammad Hassan Sharifi head of the Committee on Judicial and Justice of Wolesi Jirga. Then, members of the house exchanged views about the decree and approved it with majority votes pro.||13-May-2017|
|Meshrano Jirga held a plenary session on May 9, 2017 chaired by Fazl Hadi Muslimyar to discuss the Judicial & Justice Treaty in Civil and Commercial Affairs between the government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of India. This treaty was presented to the plenary session of the house by Mr. Abdul Latif Zhowandi head of the Committee on International Relations of Wolesi Jirga. The treaty was submitted to Meshrano Jirga for approval on May 1, 2017 after Wolesi Jirga approved it. Members of Meshrano Jirga discussed the treaty and then approved it into 29 articles. Likewise, Meshrano Jirga approved the draft-law on Anti-Narcotics into 99 chapters and 76 articles after deletion of article 9.
Present members: 34
Female present members: 9
|The presidential decree on addition and amendment of some article of the law on Associations was approved Wolesi Jirga.
Wolesi Jirga held a plenary session on May 8, 2017 to discuss the presidential decree on addition and amendment of some article of the law on association. The decree was presented to the plenary session by the Committee on Civil Society, Human Rights & Women Affairs of Wolesi Jirga and then the MPs expressed their views about the proposed amendments of the president. Based on paragraph 3 of article 18 of the proposed amendment, the associations have to present their working reports to Ministry of Justice every month but the Committee on Civil Society, Human Rights & Women Affairs of Wolesi Jirga cited this duration is not enough and recommended changing it to 2 months. Then all committees of Wolesi Jirga agreed with this recommendation except the Committee on Religious Affairs, Education & Higher Education. The Committee on Religious Affairs, Education & Higher Education recommended reporting to Ministry of Justice every 6 month not every 2 month. Then, the controversial article was put in a vote first and MPs approved 6 months for reporting of associations to Ministry of Justice with 78 votes pro and 40 votes against and then the whole decree was put in a vote and approved with 111 votes pro, 6 votes against and 1 vote invalid.
Quorum of session: 118
|Wolesi Jirga held a plenary session on May 6, 2017 to discuss about the readiness of Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs and Ariana Airline in transferring pilgrims to hajj. The house had already summoned Minister of Hajj & Religious Affairs and director of Ariana Airline to appear at the session and present information about their readiness regarding transferring of pilgrims to Hajj but Minister of Hajj didn’t appear in the session because he was in an official trip. Therefore, the deputy minister of Hajj & Religious Affairs and director Ariana Airline attended this session. Nader Omar director of Ariana Airline said, “Arian Airline has to transfer 300,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia within 25 or 30 days every year. Arian has to transfer 760 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia every day and this company has to use both domestic and foreign facilities to transfer these pilgrims. Currently, Ariana Airline has 2 aircrafts which has the capacity of transferring 210 to 230 passengers.” He added that Ariana Airline plan to rent aircrafts to transfer the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. Then, Deputy Minister of Hajj & Religious Affairs presented full information about their preparation on transferring the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
Present members: 118
Female present members: 40
|Meshrano Jirga held a questioning session on March 26, 2017 where officials of security sector (Minister of Defense, Minister of Interior Affairs and Director of National Directorate of Security) attended to present information about the bloody attack on Sardar Daud Khan Hospital. Members of Meshrano Jirga asked their questions regarding this attack and then the mentioned officials replied them one by one. However, majority of members of Meshrano Jirga were not satisfied with the replies/answers.||26-March-2017|
|Parliamentary monitoring Sixteenth period-thirteenth sessions Wolesi Jirga held a plenary secret sessions on March 25, 2017 chaired by Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi to discuss SIGAR’s report about huge corruption in army of Afghanistan and selling of military equipment to Taliban by armed forces of Afghanistan. Likewise, the house exchanged views about president’s remarks regarding closure of the parliament in case it impeach and disqualify ministers of security sector.||25-March-2017|
|Wolesi Jirga held an extraordinary session to elect its secretary, where Mr. Sayed Akram, representative of Nangarhar province received 70 votes pro and Mr. Reza Khushak, representative of Herat received 75 votes pro and there was no outcome. Finally, based on internal rules of procedure, Wolesi Jirga held the final round of election between Mr. Khushak and Mr. Zazai who had received majority of votes pro in previous rounds of elections, ultimately Mr. Zazai won by 94 votes.||13-March-2017|
|Upper House elected their administrative board where Mr. Izadyar was elected as first deputy speaker, Dr. Seddiqi was elected as second deputy speaker, Mr. Atta was elected as secretary & Dr. Faisal Sami was elected as deputy secretary of the house.||07-March-2017|
|The new legislative year of the National Assembly of Afghanistan officially inaugurated by the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.||06-March-2017|
|National budget is approved by the lower house with the majority of votes. The budget include 429 billion Afs among which 268 billion is regular budget and 161 billion is development budget.||17-January-2017|
|The house approved the statute for the Islamic Civil Aviation Council and the Agreement on Immunity and Privileges of Cooperation between Islamic Countries.||17-January-2017|
|The lower house held two hearing sessions along with the Government officials from eight ministries in relation to the functioning of this year and next year plans.||19-December-2016|
|Minister of Commerce, Head of the environment dept & head of Kabul municipality were summoned by lower house to give brief on Air pollution and the presence of garbage in Kabul province.||17-December-2016|
|Minister of Refugees S.Hussain Alimi Balkhi, Minister of Economy Abdul Sattar Murad & Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz, survived Wednesday's impeachment session in the lower house of parliament.||16-November-2016|
|Afghanistan's Parliament dismissed Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdul Raza Wahidi, bringing the total to seven ministers fired in four days.||15-November-2016|
|The Lower House of Afghanistan's parliament dismissed minister of higher education, Farida Momand for failing to spend development budget.||14-November-2016|
|Afghanistan's Parliament dismissed another two ministers for failing to spend their development budgets, who are the education minister, Mr. Asadullah Hanif Balkhi and the minister of transport and civil aviation, Mohammadullah Batash.||13-November-2016|