No Winter Recess Before Approval of Next Year’s Draft Budget: Parliament Speaker

The speaker of the Lower House Parliament Mir Rahman Rahmani says that based on the Afghan constitution, the lawmakers will not be able to go on leave until the draft budget for the fiscal year of 1400 is approved.

Speaking at Monday’s session, Rahmani said, “No one has the right to go on winter break until the (budget plan for FY1400) is approved.”

He also said that all the committees of Lower House will work on the budget plan for the 1400 fiscal year starting next Saturday.

The duration of winter recess of the House of Representatives is scheduled to begin on Wednesday for 45 days.

However, the Article 99 of the Constitution states that if the important issues such as the annual budget or development program or the issue of public security, territorial integrity and independence of the country remain uncompleted, the National Assembly’s session cannot be ended before finalization and approval.

This comes as the draft budget for the 1,400 fiscal year was rejected by the Parliament Members for the second time on Saturday.

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