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Committee Considers Ghani’s Decree ‘Illegal’ on Selection of Election Commissioner

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

President Ashraf Ghani in a decree has assigned the Former Selection Committee to start working on selection of a member for the Independent Election Commission (IEC).  

 According to the decree,  the president has ordered the selection committee to resume its activities immediately.

The President’s Office in a statement said late on Saturday that the decree was issued by President Ghani after no individual was found eligible from the former shortlisted applicants to be well qualified for the vacant position.

However, the president’s decree regarding the resumption of the selection committee’s work was being considered “illegal.”

“The committee has presented the list of 21 candidates for the Election Commission and 15 others for  Electoral Complains Commission to the President’s Office and there is no legal justification for the committee to resume its work,” said Yusuf Rashid, a member of the IEC Selection Committee.

The election watchdog also criticized the decree, saying the president’s order is against the Electoral Law.

“Legally, this decree of the president  is in contrary to the article 14 and 16 of the Electoral Law and the selection committee’s work has ended when it has sent the list [of applicants] to the Presidential Palace,” said Jandad Spinghar, Head of the Free and Fair Elections Foundation (FEFA).

This comes as President Ghani removed Najibullah Ahmadzai, the Head of the Election Commission, and one of the members of the commission on November 15.

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Stanikzai meets with Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Kabul

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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2024)

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met Sunday with Ilham Mohammadov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Afghanistan and said the Islamic Emirate wants good relations with the world, foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said in a statement.

Balkhi quoted the ambassador of Azerbaijan as saying he appreciates the efforts of the Islamic Emirate in the field of security, economic development, and the fight against drugs and added that Azerbaijan is ready to cooperate in the cultural, economic and commercial sectors with Afghanistan.

Stanikzai said in this meeting that the IEA, having a balanced and economic-based foreign policy, wants good relations with all countries and is also trying to improve the country’s economic situation.

This comes after Mohammadov submitted his ambassadorial credentials to acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi late last month.

According to Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry’s website, their parliament approved the opening of their embassy on December 30, 2020.

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Over 92,000 metric tons of goods transported via rail in past week: ARA

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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2024)

Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) announced in a statement on Sunday that 92,233 metric tons of goods was transported via railway lines in the country in the past week.

ARA said 75,698 tons was transported through Hairatan port, 5,054 tons via Aqina port, and 11,481 tons through Turghandi. This included oil and other goods and raw materials – that were imported and exported.

Of this, 2,247 tons of commercial goods were exported, most of which were oranges, potatoes, dried fruits and pomegranate juice, the statement read.

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Stanikzai laments poor reading habits among Afghans

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Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Sunday that the development of a country depends on reading, but reading habits in Afghanistan are very low.

Stanikzai made the remarks at a ceremony in Kabul to unveil books printed during the past 11 months.

“In Afghanistan, compared to other countries, people read very little. Maybe some people believe that there were many problems here, there was a war, the economy was weak and people are looking for bread and don’t have time to read, but these problems exist in other countries as well. If there is no war in other countries, there is poverty,” Stanikzai said.

He stated now that security is ensured in the country and there is no feudalism, youths should read under the shadow of the Islamic system, because without reading, success cannot be achieved.

“If youths become interested in reading and books, Allah willing, society will get rid of problems very soon. We Afghans have no equal on the battlefield. We have a lot of progress in this regard, and no one else has this honor. We should try to tell the world that with the takeover of the Islamic Emirate, there is peace and security in Afghanistan. There is no more war; there is no more feudalism; there is no more looting. There is an Islamic and Sharia system,” Stanikzai said.

He has also said that currently many books are imported from other countries, adding that scientific and research institutions and authors of the country should try to write books themselves.

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