House of the People (Afghanistan)
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|House of the People
|Type||Lower house of the National assembly|
|president||Abdul Rouf Ibrahimi, Independent
|First deputy speaker||Mirwais Yasini, Independent
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The House of the People is the chamber that bears the greater burden of law making in the country, as with the House of Commons in the Westminster model. It consists of 249 delegates directly elected by single non-transferable vote (SNTV). Members are elected by district and serve for five years. The constitution guarantees at least 64 delegates to be female. Kuchi nomads elect 10 representatives through a Single National Constituency.
The House of the People has the primary responsibility for making and ratifying laws and approving the actions of the president. The first elections in decades were held only in September 2005, four years after the fall of the Muslim fundamentalist Taliban regime, still under international (mainly UN and NATO) supervision.
Members of Parliament from the 2005 elections
Some members of the Wolesi Jirga's 2005 election were:
Election September 2010
The next election of the members of the Wolesi Jirga is due on September 18, 2010. Originally these elections were planned to be held in May 2010, but after the disputed previous presidential election, elections were postponed.
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