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Masherano Jirga approves next year’s budget draft

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Masherano Jirga or the Upper House of the Parliament approved the draft of the next Afghan year’s budget in the general session on Sunday.

They senators approved the budget with some recommendations aimed at balancing development projects across the country.

According to the finance ministry, 287 billion Afghanis set aside for ordinary budget and 178 billion Afghanis for development budget in the next year. 150 billion Afghanis that made 32 percent of the total budget came through national revenue and the remaining was dependable on the foreign aid.

Some members of the Masherano Jirga recommended 32 development projects to be executed in order to balance development nationwide.

The draft of the budget is to be forwarded to the Lower House of the Parliament (Wolesi Jirga) after the approval of the senators.

However, Wolesi Jirga Deputy Speaker Haji Zahir Qadir earlier warned that the lawmakers would not approve the draft of the budget if the Supreme Court did not accept the decision of lawmakers over disqualifications of seven ministers.

During impeachment process, the lawmakers disqualified seven ministers after they were failed to spend more than 70 percent of their development budget.

After disqualifying of seven ministers, the president referred the case to the Supreme Court in order to announce final decision over the faith of these ministers.

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