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National Assembly issues joint declaration in support of Islamic Republic system

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) and the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) on Monday jointly declared their support for the country’s Republic system, the Constitution, freedom of expression, women’s rights and government’s security forces.
Their declaration came after a special session that was addressed by President Ashraf Ghani who called on all MP’s and Senators to mobilize the people to stand against the Taliban.
In their declaration, both houses stated that the achievements made over the past 20 years must not be lost and pledged to stand by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and to work together to help resolve the crisis. The declaration also appealed the Taliban to join the peace process.
In addition, the two houses called on the United Nations and other international organizations to continue their financial and political support to Afghanistan and to assist in the peace process.
“We support all peace efforts,” the declaration stated.
The lawmakers also announced their firm support to the Afghan defense and security forces “who sacrifice their lives for the nation.” “We call on the Taliban and other armed opposition groups to stop further violence and make peace,” the declaration read.
The statement implied however that the accelerated withdrawal process of foreign troops was unrealistic and had put pressure on the system.
“This process not only did not lead to peace, but also legitimized an aggressor and evil group and tried to delegitimize the united Republic.
This process raised doubts. It created ambiguity and its product is the situation you see,” the declaration stated.
The declaration was issued after President Ghani’s address which saw him appealing to all parliament members to come out in support of government and country.
President Ghani told MPs and Senators “to use their contacts and mobilize the people” to stand against the Taliban. He also called on MPs to unite and to reach a unanimous agreement over securing government in order for it to survive.

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