The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Afghans eyeing a committed parliament

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With the advent of the issue of guaranteeing individual freedoms in the society, the limitation of the absolute power of the rulers and the division of power between people and the government is raised. The division of power is used as one of the means by which people achieve a kind of political, social and civil liberties. Basically, the notion of creating a parliament also originates from this stimulus, and for this reason, the parliament is considered an institution of the people’s will. 
The Afghan National Assembly, also known as the legislature of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is the supreme legislative institution in Afghanistan. The Afghan National Assembly from its inception until the Dawood Khan coup, all its members were appointed by the King rather than being selected by the people’s votes. Later during Najibullah’s reign, the National Assembly again began working after 14 years. This parliament continued only for one period, with the collapse of Najibullah’s government and the establishment of the Mujahidin’s regime and the Taliban until the current Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Afghanistan lacked the legislative power (National Assembly). 
But the assembly again inaugurated when the new government was formed after collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001 the members of the parliament were selected through elections across the country. The MPs could approve hundreds of laws and dozens of ministers in the last 16 legislative periods, but the institution was also accused of mass corruption and insufficient works during these periods.
Afghan citizens voiced their concerns over their representatives’ move in the Parliament, saying they were enjoying unlimited authorities, luxurious lives, limousine vehicles, tight security, excessive wealth, and expensive business inside and outside Afghanistan while those voted for them were struggling with poverty, insecurity and unemployment – just to name some of the problems in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, those who voted to these representatives did not experience sustainable and dynamic changes in their lives whereas the representatives’ lives changed overnight upon entering the parliament even if it happened once in their lives. Additionally, passive reaction or even overlooking of the judicial power over the representatives’ anti-law deeds such as not attending parliamentary meetings, usurping land and obtaining money from the government’s proposed ministers made them bolder and bestowed unlimited authorities and power.
As a result, the House of Representatives lost its credibility as one of the most important institutions of the Afghan state; unfortunately, it has come with many doubts due to the length of parliament from one hand and widespread corruption and tribal conflicts on the other hand. 
Meanwhile, the State Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs said the other day that the 17th legislative term of the National Assembly would be inaugurated on Friday, however the final results of preliminary elections for some provinces, including Kabul are yet to be announced.
The expectations of the people of Afghanistan are that the 17th parliament to perfectly portray democratic values and dispossess the culture of ethnocentrism from the political arena of the country.  Considering the election which was held on 20th of October 2018, and mass participation of the youth both as the candidates and voters have renewed hopes for having a young and hardworking parliament. It is hoped the new parliament further work for the war-torn country and question those misusing their power and neglecting in their duty sans considering any means.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.