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PC members’ monitoring right resumed after tinkering

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The provincial council (PC) members’ right of monitoring government offices was resumed through a decree issued by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday.

The Wolesi Jirga, (the parliament), on the day before their vacation passed a controversial draft that annulled the overseeing right of provincial council members from government offices. The decision stirred criticism as provincial council member all over the country reacted angrily and staged several protests while closing their offices in parts of the country.

Sources close to the government were quoted by Bokhdi News Agency, as saying that the decree was issued late Saturday which allows provincial council members to monitor government offices according to the new draft which is different from the draft they enjoyed in the past.

The sources said that provincial council members and officials of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) had prepared a draft about authorities of provincial council members to oversee government offices, and the draft would be sent to the Wolesi Jirga for approval in near future.

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