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Afghan parliament approves draft budget for 1396 fiscal year

The Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, approved the draft budget for the fiscal year 1396 on Monday. The budget was rejected by the lawmakers when it was first submitted in December, 2016 due to “imbalance” in development and

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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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Afghan Lower House hikes tariffs on imported cigarettes from 20% to 100%

The Lower House of the Afghan Parliament has approved to hike tariffs on imported cigarettes from 20% to 100%. House Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said only 12 lawmakers opposed the modification in the Article of Tobacco Control Law while the

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Afghan parliament approves draft national budget

Afghanistan’s Lower House of the Parliament, the Wolesi Jerga, approved the much-awaited national draft budget after it was revised by the Ministry of Finance. The lawmakers rejected the budget for the current fiscal year, which begun on 22nd December 2014,

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President Ghani encourages domestic industrial growth

President Ashraf Ghani introduced his much-awaited cabinet nominees to the Parliament on Tuesday and termed economic development, fighting corruption and promoting inclusivity as his cabinet’s priorities. He stressed upon encouraging domestic industrial growth and moving away from relying on donors’

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Afghan Finance Ministry waiting for budget approval

The Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF) officials have called on the lawmakers to assess and approve the budget before the end of the fiscal year. This comes as only 24 days are left for the House of Representatives and the

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Afghan Central Bank Chief calls for immediate approval of Anti-Money Laundering Law

Afghan Central Bank Chief, Norullah Delawari, called on the senate for the immediate approval of the Anti-Money Laundering Law. This comes as the Financial Action Task Force(FATF) meeting is held on June 22nd in Paris, where decision on Afghanistan’s blacklisting

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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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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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Afghan MPs reject 2014 draft budget

A number of parliamentarian members have declined the 2014 budget proposal presented by the Afghan Ministry of Finance. Finding the budget unbalanced, lawmakers said the draft was full of deficiencies and not according to the law. Earlier this week Finance

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Declining foreign aid shrinks Afghan ministries’ budgets

The Senate summoned Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal to confer on the government’s budget draft for next year. Minister Zakhilwal said the budget of a number of ministries would be lower in 2014 than in the past due to

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Declining foreign aid shrinks Afghan ministries' budgets

The Senate summoned Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal to confer on the government’s budget draft for next year. Minister Zakhilwal said the budget of a number of ministries would be lower in 2014 than in the past due to

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President Karzai visits construction site of the new parliament building

President Hamid Karzai along with speakers of the House of Representatives and the Senate and Ministers of Finance, Urban Development and Public Works visited the construction site of the new parliament building. The construction of the new parliament building is

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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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Ministry of Justice has not sent the new Mines Law to the Parliament

The Ministry of Justice has not sent the draft of the new Law on Mines to the Lower House of the Parliament, while it had promised to do so two weeks ago. The strong advocates of the new Law—The Afghanistan

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Why does Afghanistan still need to hire foreign officials?

In the past decade, the government has legally permitted foreigners to work in Afghanistan. Currently, more than 17,200 foreign workers have received work permits in Afghanistan, according to Labor and Social Affairs Deputy Minister Hossamuddin Hamrah. The Labor and Social

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Minister of Mines and Minister of Information and Culture receive the vote of confidence

Minister of Mines Waheedullah Shahrani and Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen received the vote of confidence from Afghanistan’s parliament after being summoned over their ministries’ budget spending on development. Eleven ministers who failed to spend more

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Parliament re-summons 11 ministers to answer questions over 2011 budget

Eleven ministers who failed to spend more than 50% of their development budgets in 2011 are summoned once again by the Parliament. The annual accounts of the ministries were discussed last year by 18 parliamentary commissions, which planned to summon

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“High-ranking government officials have requested a salary raise”

The proposal for salary raise to be granted to a number of high-ranking government officials, including President Hamid Karzai, is received with serious criticisms from the Parliament. The government has requested a salary raise of 480,000 AFN monthly for President

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70 MPs agree to summon ministers

Seventy members of the Lower House of the Parliament or the Wlesi Jirga signed papers on Saturday for summoning nearly a dozen ministers for under-spending development funds for 2011. The annual accounts of the ministries were discussed by 18 parliamentary

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12 Events That Shaped Afghanistan in 2012

Source- Tolo News It has been an eventful year in Afghanistan, a year of triumphs and tribulations. From the country’s first premier league soccer tournament to progress towards peace, our editors picked 12 events for their potential to shape the

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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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'Powerful Figures' Involved in Land Grabbing: Parliament Commission

By Saleha Sadaat- Tolo News The newly formed parliament commission on supervising the government’s activities said Saturday that 1.25 million acres of land have been confiscated illegally over the past few years across the country, with powerful figures heavily involved

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