February 07, 2018

Afghan Senate passes the controversial census law amended by the government

By Khaama Press - Mon Nov 20 2017, 9:37 am

The Afghan Senate House, Upper House of the Parliament (Meshrano Jirga) on Sunday passed the amended version of the controversial census law.

The Afghan government had forwarded the amended version of the law to the Lower House and Upper House of the parliament for their approval.

However, the members of the Lower House of the Parliament (Wolesi Jirga) had earlier voted against the law and had subsequently rejected it.

In reaction to Lower House decision, the Office of the President, ARG Palace, said last week that the Afghan government calls on the lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, to reconsider their decision and once again try to pass the law.

A statement by ARG Palace said as the nation is aware that the census law was passed by the government after bringing necessary changes and modifications.

The statement further added that the law has been prepared in line with the Islamic values and complies with the constitution of the country.

The members of the Senate today discussed the amended version which includes the word Afghan as the nationality and Islam as the relgion.

The government also called on the lawmakers to once again reconsider their decision and tries to pass the law, insisting that the government of national unity has done its best to respect and implement the articles of the constitution and is committed for the execution and implementation.

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