At least 20 draft bills recently sent to the Presidential Palace by the Ministry of Justice are waiting for President Ashraf Ghani’s approval, the Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar told TOLOnews on Saturday.
Some of the legislative documents, the minister said, go back a few years.
He said the ministry sends legislative documents to the Presidential Palace but it does not have the authority to follow them through.
“The Ministry of Justice cannot issue a decree if it has not received it (back from the presidential palace). The ministry can issue a decree if it receives approval by the president or if it is approved by the Wolesi Jirga,” he said.
The following are the draft bills sent by the Ministry of Justice to the president after amendment:
• the law on support of competition,
• the law on local industries
• the law on preventing harassment of women and children
• the law on military higher education institutions
• the law on inventors
• the law on tobacco control
• the law on caretakers in ministries and government offices
• the law on wedding parties
• the statistics law
• the law on provincial councils
• the law on road traffic
• the draft law on social support
• the law on diplomatic employees
• the law on drugs and alcoholic drinks
• and the law on children’s training center
“We have passed 13 draft laws both by the Wolesi Jirga and Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) and have sent them to Mr. president. Unfortunately they have not been processed,” said Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.
Leaked documents obtained by the media show that a number of the orders are from 2012 to 2016 which have remained unapproved.
However, deputy spokesman for President Ghani, Dawa Khan Minapal, said they are processing documents based on the law.
“The relations between government and parliament is based on the law and they discuss Afghanistan’s issues in regular times. Government (is taking) steps for approval of those documents send by the parliament,” he said.