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Lower House rejects President Ghani’s command to establish a High Economic Council

The Lower House of the Parliament, also known as the Wolesi Jirga, voted against the formation of a high economic council on Saturday. A number of the MPs regarded the formation of a high economic council as “unnecessary”, since the

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MPs at odds over changes to Anti-Money Laundering Law

Afghan lawmakers in the Lower House had a heated debate over changes to a controversial article of the Anti-Money Laundering Law on Monday. According to Article 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering Law, those who have earned money through illegitimate means

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50 road-building projects stalled due to elections deadlock

Afghan Public Works Ministry said the prolonged elections process and the increasing security problems in the country have resulted in the stoppage of fifty road-building projects in the country. Addressing the Lower House of the Parliament on Saturday, Public Works

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Money Laundering Law delayed further, Afghan MPs blame the government

Members of the Lower House have shifted the blame onto the government for the delay in ratification of Anti-Money Laundering Law. The Law was expected to be voted on Tuesday; however, due to lack of a quorum in the Lower

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Wolesi Jirga fails to pass the Anti-Money Laundering Law

The ratification of the Anti-Money Laundering Law has been postponed until next Monday as the Lower House of the Parliament failed to pass the law due to lack of quorum. The Parliament is facing a lack of attendance as most

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Lower House approves draft anti-money laundering laws

The Afghan Lower House approved the draft laws on Anti-Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism Prevention Laws on Wednesday. Consisting of 5 chapters and 29 articles, the laws were approved by the Parliament after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) warned

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Afghan Lower House to vote on Anti-Money Laundering Law next week

The Afghan Lower House committees will vote on the Anti-Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism Prevention Laws next Wednesday. After approval from the Lower House, the Laws would be submitted to the Senate to decide whether or not to send it

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Afghan new mines law approved after a long impasse

The Lower House of Parliament approved the new mines law that had faced a number of long frustrating delays. The new mines law, consisting of 20 chapters and 117 articles, are believed to be critical to attract foreign investors to

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Afghanistan’s 2014 budget approved by Lower House

The Lower House of the Afghan Parliament approved the budget for the year 2014 by majority. The first draft of the budget was rejected when it was first proposed by the Ministry of Finance. Finding the budget unbalanced, lawmakers said

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Stalemate facing the new mines law angers Afghan officials

A number of officials have expressed anger at the impasse in new mining laws that are still pending at the Lower House for approval. The draft laws were submitted to the Lower House for ratification over eight months ago. Economic

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Wolesi Jirga rejects 2014 Budget

The draft budget for 2014 assembled by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) was rejected with a majority of votes by the Lower House of Parliament, Wolesi Jirga. The MoF is required to reassess the draft and incorporate the changes the

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Afghan MPs reject 2014 draft budget

The Lower House of the Parliament rejected the 2014 draft budget after it was submitted to them for review. Lower House Budget Commission Chairman Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the draft budget was rejected due to failure of ministries in utilizing

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Delay in the approval of Investment Law hampers Afghan economy

The Ministry of Mines (MoM) have expressed concerns over the delay in the approval of the Investment Laws that is yet to be studied by the Parliament. Spokesperson to MoM, Rafi Rafiq Sediqi, said the Investment Laws have not been

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Parliament to impeach 7 instead of 11 Ministers

The Parliament has revised its earlier decision on the impeachment of 11 ministers and has decided to impeach 7 ministers. “Four ministers who took up duties in the ministries in 2011 won’t be impeached. But others will be impeached after

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