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Afghan Government works on new Parliamentary Election draft

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(Last Updated On: July 25, 2016)

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Officials in Presidential Palace have announced that we have started working on new Parliamentary Election draft to break the current Election deadlock and pave the way for the earliest Election to be held in Afghanistan.

They have stated that holding parliamentary Election is the need of the Nation and will be held on the determined date and time.

Meanwhile officials in CE office have insisted that National Unity Government is committed on holding Parliamentary Election and launch reformation Election.

President decrees on launching reformation in Election have been rejected twice by the Afghan law makers in the houses of the Parliament.

President Deputy Spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashimi said,” Afghan Government is still committed on launching reformation on Election system in Afghanistan, we have started working a new draft to approach the object of the Government, efforts were made to the new Election reformation draft according to the existed laws in the country.”

Meanwhile officials in Chief Executive Office have stated that soon the alternative draft for reformation of Election system with the Nation.

Chief Executive Spokesman Jawid Faisal said,” the next plan will be soon announced, one thing I would like to say that is that Government is committed on bringing reformation on Election commission, because without reformation no parliamentary Election will be held, both leaders of the National Unity Government are insisting over the new draft to be approved.”

Scores of lawyers have believed that if no changes are made on Election system the upcoming Parliamentary Election will not be legalized.

Professor Nasrullah Stanikzai said,” Holding Parliamentary Election is impossible in the current condition, if the Government wants to hold it then first of it should launch some reformation on Election system before that, summer vacation of the Parliament members is golden opportunity for the President to use it for its own benefit.”

After Warsa summit National Unity Government leaders have started working on reformation of the Election system in Afghanistan, one of the commitments of the Afghan leaders for the World was to launch reformation in Election system before they attend the Brussels summit;

Reported by Ali Asghari

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Ghani, Pompeo discuss next steps in Afghan peace process

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2020)

President Ashraf Ghani spoke with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo via video conference on Monday and discussed the next steps in the Afghan peace process.

The video conference was attended also by first VP Amrullah Saleh, and second VP Sarwar Danish, Abdullah Abdullah head of High Council for National Reconciliation, US special Peace Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, Resolute Support commander Scott Miller.

The Presidential Palace said in a statement that the two sides discussed joint efforts to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Pompeo said that the main objective of the US is a united, sovereign, democratic, and stable Afghanistan in the framework of enduring long-term and strategic relations between the two countries, the statement added.

The two sides discussed further steps on the peace process including prisoner releases and place of intra-Afghan negotiations.

They emphasized on joint cooperation on reporting during the process.

“They agreed that the next steps in the peace process should be worked on in the next upcoming days and the Afghan government shall work on a mechanism that would determine rules of the game for the undeclared ceasefire.

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Taliban gunned down four civilians in Badakhshan: official

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2020)

The Taliban fighters have gunned down four civilians in Badakhshan province, a local official confirmed.

The incident has taken place in the Shewa area in the Arghanchkhah district of the province on Monday evening.

Nek Mohammad Nazari, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the militants have shot dead two men along with their sons.

According to Nazari, the incident happened at the Taliban controlled area and the motive yet to be determined.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment on the matter.

The province has borders with Pakistan, Tajikistan, and China. Some militant groups including the Taliban, Al-Qaida, and Daesh are actively operating in a number of Badakhshan’s districts.

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Afghanistan’s population closes to nearly 33 million

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

According to the 1399 census – Persian calendar – the population of Afghanistan is estimated at 33 million roughly.

The National Statistics and Information Authority said that 51 percent of the country’s population is male, and more than 23 million Afghans live in rural areas.

The population of the country in 1399, the Persian calendar, saw an increase of almost 700,000 people.

The number of nomads is estimated at 1.5 million, and the youth under the age of 15 make up to 15.5 million.

Sixteen million and eight hundred thousand people are men and sixteen million and one hundred thousand are women, according to the authority.

A number of sociologists believe that in the official procedure of census, the estimation faces technical challenges, and therefore, there is social skepticism about these statistics.

On the other hand, some citizens say that the war in Afghanistan has been going on for years and that the government has not been able to keep track of the count on those living under the Taliban dominance.

It is worth noting that currently over 54% of the Afghans live under poverty, and as the population grows, so will the poverty.

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