UN welcomes Afghan parliament deal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 25, 2011 10:19

KABUL, Afghanistan  — The United Nations said it welcomes a deal between Afghanistan's president and elected parliamentarians to open the legislative session without further delay.

A UN statement issued on Tuesday gives the first international endorsement of the deal hammered out over the past three days between Hamid Karzai, who had seemed intent on rejecting the elected parliament, and angry lawmakers who threatened to start passing laws without his approval.

Karzai is now committed to inaugurating the parliament on Wednesday — three days later than originally planned but well ahead of the Feb. 23 date he had announced last week.

The president rejected lawmakers' demand to abolish a disputed electoral fraud tribunal but the legislators say they are just happy to start work.


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