National Congress Party of Afghanistan

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National Congress Party of Afghanistan
حزب کنگره ملی افغانستان
Leader Abdul Latif Pedram
Founded 2004
Ideology Secularism[1]
Colors Black and white
Seats in the House of the People
1 / 249
Seats in the House of Elders
0 / 102
Abdul Latif Pedram, leader of the party

The National Congress Party of Afghanistan (Persian: حزب کنگره ملی افغانستانHezb-e Kongrā-ye Mīllī-ye Afghānestān) is a liberal, secular, multi-ethnic political party in Afghanistan.[1][2] The party was formed in 2004 and, is the only major opposition party that is not linked to an armed group.[2] The leader of this party is Latīf Pedrām who was an opponent of the communist, Islamist and Taliban regimes. Pedram is also a critic of Hamid Karzai's government.[1] As the party leader, Pedram, was a candidate in Afghanistan's 2004 presidential election and received the fifth most votes. Unlike other political parties in Afghanistan, the National Congress of Afghanistan has remained firm and united.[3] Latīf Pedrām is a strong supporter of secularism, federalism and decentralization in Afghanistan. He denounces corruption and strongly opposes Islamic fundamentalism.[4][5] He advocates an independent, but decentralized Afghanistan, and believes that the country should be divided into autonomous regions under the control of regional capitals.[5]


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