Afghan Parliament Suspends 4 MPs over Absenteeism

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Afghan parliament suspended four lawmakers on Wednesday over absenteeism.

The suspended parliamentarians included Ahmad Behzad, Freshta Anwari, Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj and Parween Durani.

“According to the article number seventy-three of the internal rules, those four MPs announced have officially been deprived from all privileges and no longer can participate in the meetings,” said Abdul Qadir Zazai the secretary of the lower house of the Afghan Parliament.

The move comes after the administrative board of the lower house announced that MPs who are absent on 20 consecutive days would get suspended as a disciplinary action.

But, some lawmakers called the decision incorrect and based on discrimination.

“I support this law, but first bring those who have broken the law during the last seven years, criticized MP Ghulam Hussain Naseri,” this is a discrimination.”

Hamayoun Hamayoun another MP said,” when we are implementing the law, we should do it first over those powerful people who are absent for years”. He asserted that the law must be applied “equally” over everyone.

By Samira Zafari & Hesamuddin Hesam

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