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AFGHANISTAN
Meshrano Jirga (House of Elders)

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARLIAMENTARY CHAMBER

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Jirga / National Assembly Parliamentary building
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Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Meshrano Jirga / House of Elders
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Wolesi Jirga / House of the People
Affiliation to the IPU Yes
Affiliation date(s) 1990 - 1992
2007 -
LEADERSHIP
President

Fazal Hadi Muselimyar (M) 

Notes Elected on 29 Jan. 2011.
Secretary General Sayed Hafizullah Hashimi (M) 
COMPOSITION
Members (statutory / current number) 102 / 68
PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN

Percentage of women
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Women (current number) 18 (26.47%)
Mode of designation indirectly elected 68
appointed 34
Notes The statutory number of members of the House of Elders is three times the number of existing provinces (currently 34).

Indirectly elected members: these include one representative from each of the 34 Provincial Councils, serving a four-year term; and one representative from each of the 34 local District Councils, serving a three-year term.

Appointed members: appointed by the President for a five-year term.
The appointed members include two persons with disabilities, and two nomads.

Between December 2005 and January 2015, the 34 seats reserved for District Councils were filled by members of the Provincial Councils. They will remain vacant until District Council elections are held.
Term  3-5 years
Notes - 3 years for members of local District Councils;
- 4 years for members of Provincial Councils;
- 5 years for presidential appointees.
Last renewal dates 10 January 2015
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Address National Assembly of Afghanistan
Darul-Aman Road, Darul-Aman
Kaboul, AFGHANISTAN
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Phone (93) 700 276 986
700 223 604
Fax (93) 20 250 1501
E-mail h.hashemi@parliament.af
Website http://www.parliament.af/

This page was last updated on 7 March 2017
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