Continued government failures, ineffective parliament

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 03:14 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 128 times

Parliaments in democratic societies can do a lot to save countries during tense situations. In other countries, when governments fail to deliver, and cannot respond to legitimate demands of their people, the parliaments as representatives of people take the initiative and offer logical solutions to steer the country out of the crisis, but unfortunately Afghanistan lacks such a parliament. Not only has the government failed to correct the situation, but the National Assembly also has not properly fulfilled its responsibility. Both houses of the National Assembly were largely ineffectual in the recent years. 

 

Some lawmakers also admit their failure in overseeing the performance of the government and pushing it to take actions as demanded by the people. They told the plenary session on Monday that the parliamentarians have been ineffective in their work, and that the government did not respect their decisions. 

The main reasons for the ineffectiveness of the National Assembly are the expiration of their legitimate term, weak leadership, and questions and concerns about the activities of lawmakers. The legal term of Wolesi Jirga has already expired, and the lawmakers continue to serve a concessionary period granted to them by the president through a legislative decree. This has allowed the government to not respect the decisions of Wolesi Jirga as a supervisory or representative body. Even the government thinks it owes Wolesi Jirga for granting the concessionary term to lawmakers.  Additionally, the leadership of the National Assembly, particularly of Wolesi Jirga, doesn’t have enough capability to exert its powers properly and as required by laws. This problem mostly leads to the non-implementation of decisions made by the lawmakers. 

The increased involvement of some lawmakers in personal businesses for which their continued absence is a good example is another factor that has undermined the role of Wolesi Jirga. Some members of parliament attend parliament sessions only when a minister is impeached, or when their individual interests are concerned. 

In the light of the above issues, the continuity of the work of parliamentarians in the current form cannot heal the wounds of Afghans. The tense situation requires that an effective and legitimate parliament be chosen through election so that there is an appropriate address to supervise the government.