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Afghan legislators receive orientation under project jointly designed by UN

Afghan legislators receive orientation under project jointly designed by UN

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New members of the Afghan National Assembly, the Loya Jirga, which opens on 19 December after a three-decade break, will undergo a week-long orientation programme on the functions they will be performing for the next five years under a project co-sponsored by the United Nations.

Designed and implemented jointly by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the SEAL (Support to Establishment of Afghan Legislature) project and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the programme includes introductions to the constitution, rules and procedures of legislation and the budget process.

The 249 members of the lower house, Wolesi Jirga (the House of People), all elected, and the 102 members of the upper house, Meshrano Jirga (the House of Elders), some of them appointed, will receive the training in three groups beginning on Saturday.

The programme will be conducted by Afghan academicians, professors of political science and Constitutional Law, as well as international consultants.