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Senators reject bill on privileges for lawmakers

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ParliamentThe Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament rejected the draft law, allowing parliamentarians to take advantage of certain privileges even after completing their tenure.


A day earlier, the Wolesi Jirga approved a draft law, allowing lower house members to draw 25 percent of their salaries, keep two guards and enjoy certain other privileges even after completing their tenure.
Prepared by MPs, the draft law on immunity and rights of members was placed before the general assembly on Saturday.
But analysts and people said offering privileges to parliamentarians after completing their tenure were illegal and unfair, urging upper house and the president to reject the legislative measure.
Article 100 of the constitution says, in case the decision of one house is rejected by another house, a combined committee composed of equal members of each house is formed to resolve the disagreement. The decision of the committee is enforced after its approval by the president.
In case the combined committee cannot resolve the disagreement, the resolution is considered void. And, if the resolution is approved by the Wolesi Jirga, it can be approved in the next session of the Wolesi Jirga by the majority of its members.
This approval is assumed as enforceable, after it is signed by the president, without submission to the Meshrano Jirga.
In case the disagreement between the two houses is over legislations involving financial affairs, and the combined committee is not able to resolve it, the Wolesi Jirga can approve the draft by the majority vote of its members.
This draft is assumed as enforceable without submission to the Meshrano Jirga after it is signed by the president.