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President Ghani emphasizes on time holding of parliamentary elections

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President Ghani  addressing parliament’s inauguration session President Ghani addressing parliament’s inauguration session
 After a 45-day winter break, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday opened the first session of parliament, which entered its eighth constitutional year, a presidential statement said.
Addressing the Parliament’s inaugural session after the winter recess, President Ghani told the lawmakers that sans their presence there would have not been progress in peace, social affairs and approval of the laws.
Thanking National Assembly’s approval of the 300 laws and legal documents within last three years, the president hoped that the assembly to further approve the laws and legal documents in the years ahead, as according to him laws creates base for a society.
President Ghani said the outcome of the four-year security plan would be seen in the upcoming solar year. The plan, he said, would make Afghanistan self-sufficient in security and defense sector.
Meanwhile President Ghani stressed water management and resources and said: “Our water is our honor and we will protect our honor. On the day one of Nawroz festival, more details would be disclosed regarding the water strategy.”
The president said a positive regional political strategy was amendatory for common wellbeing and said Afghanistan was close to the target of becoming the area of regional cooperation.
The president hailed ulema’s role in the rule of law and development and said they always raised their voice in support of the government and security forces.
While thanking the Ulema, the president said: “It is a time of immense happiness and joy that our Ulema know mega economic projects are helpful in bringing peace and they support them.”
The president stressed over impartialness of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and added: “To ensure the independent status of the election bodies, I, Dr. Abdullah and Sarwar Danish have never expressed views regarding the commission’s functioning and other affairs.”
The president termed peace a dire demand of the people and added only a handful of individuals in the country doubted the peace process and felt uneasy regarding peace.
“We will not retreat from the path we have chosen for peace and stability and want to tell the Taliban that the welfare of Islam and Afghanistan is in peace talks so that the issue of bloodshed could be resolved,” said the president.
The president said Afghanistan currently earned $2.5 billion revenue which needed to be surged to at least $8 billion in order to get economic self-sufficiency.
President Ghani went on saying that Afghanistan’s economic condition could improve its water resources were properly managed.
The country’s geographical location through which China could be connected with Iran and the energy corridor could connect Central Asia and South Asia, said the president. “By enhancing the connectivity resource, Afghanistan could become economically independent.” 
The president pledged to bring drastic reforms in education and higher education sectors of the country.
The session was also attended by second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief of Justice, Attorney General, a number of Jihadi and political figures, members of the cabinet, members of high peace council, ulema, and a number of foreign ambassador based in Kabul.
Meanwhile after the inaugural session, the Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Wednesday re-elected Mohammad AlamEzedyar as first deputy chairman and Mohammad Asif Siddiqui as second deputy in the upper house administrative board’s elections.
Seddiqui and Latif Zhwandi vied for the second deputy speaker slot while Abdullah Qarlaq and Taib Atta for the secretary and Faisal Samay and Gulalai Akbari contested the deputy secretary position.
However, Qarlaq and Akbari withdrew their nomination for the first deputy chairman slot and as a result, Ezedyar was elected. Samay was elected as deputy secretary of the house without a voting process.
Seddiqui secured 48 votes from the 65 senators present at today’s session and was elected as second deputy chairman while his rival nominee, Latif Jawandai, secured only 12 votes.

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