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Youth parliament concludes first 4-day-session

Youth parliament concludes first 4-day-session

Aug 17, 2016 - 18:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Youth Parliament concluded on Wednesday its maiden and four-day session, with members calling the assembly as critical in drafting plans for solutions to problems in the country and their familiarity with parliamentary affairs.  

The youth parliament, an initiative of the youth affairs department at the Ministry of Information and Culture, was financially supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Based on the innovative programme, 122 youth from across the country, including 33 girls, have found their way to the youth parliament with a two-year term.  

Members of the parliament would hold a 4-day-session after every six months and pretending democracy is one of the objectives of the parliament.

The first youth session, launched on Sunday, was inaugurated by President Ashraf Ghani.

Khwaja Mohammad Hamid, a youth representative from central Kapisa province, on the last day of the session said: “We really learned a lot in these four days, there were important discussions on various topics and plans were drafted for solution to youth problems in provinces and were submitted to officials.”

He called holding such sessions crucial for strengthening democracy, youth participation in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, sharing their views and suggestions for improvement in the social, political and economical situations. “After this we can appeal for solution to youth issues all over the country.”

Waheedullah, a representative from northeastern Badakhshan province, also held similar views and said: “With the four-day experience, now I feel we can handle issues realting to the youth.”            

He said they would allow no one and no group to play with the fate of youngsters nationwide.

A number of other members of the youth parliament expressed similar views, but they also criticised the selection of the parliament members.

Munira, another member of the youth parliament from western Farah province, said some of her colleagues were unfairly selected.

She also cited illegal concession granted to some members in their age as some members were below 18 years and others above 30 years of age.

Syed Kamal Sadaat, deputy youth affairs minister at the Information and Culture Ministry, called such sessions as efficient and said the members had been selected in a transparent manner.

He hoped in future parliamentary elections, 80 percent of the youth would find their way to the lower house.

He said the youth parliament members didn’t have salaries but efforts were being made to find financial support for their allowances.


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