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own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
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Arian Mouj Sharifi
Student protests at Kabul University over constitution draft (AFP)
Agence France Presse Nov 17, 2003 6:56 AM Eastern Time Afghan students protest against proposed presidential system Hundreds of students from Kabul University protested Monday against the heavily presidential system of government advocated in the draft of Afghanistan's first post-Taliban constitution. "We want a strong parliament with a prime minister which represents the whole Afghan nation, not a presidential dictatorship," protestor Mohammad Salim, a medical student, told AFP. The draft surprised many observers when it was released last month by omitting a post of prime minister in the political system. Instead it outlines a strongly presidential system with a bicameral legislature. The president is empowered with choosing ministers, judges and military commanders. "We want a well-balanced, strong parliament representing the whole Afghan nation rather than a presidential system, and fair and free education facilities for all Afghans," banners carried by the student protestors read. The draft constitution pledges free primary and secondary education but the students say university level education shoujld also be free. "We want free higher education facilities for all Afghans as indicated in the 1964 constitution," Salim said. "If education higher than secondary level is fee-based, then people cannot afford it and it will increase illiteracy," Salim said. "We are not opposed to fee-based private universities, but public university and schools should be free of charge," engineering student Mohammed Anwar said. The draft will be debated by 500 representatives from across Afghanistan at a traditional grand council or Loya Jirga from December 10. Students said they were angry that they have not been invited to send representatives.
Posted By: mariam   November 19th 2003, 2003 6:14 PM
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