National Congress Party of Afghanistan

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National Congress Party of Afghanistan

حزب کنگره ملی افغانستان
LeaderAbdul Latif Pedram
ColorsBlack 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]


  1. ^ a b c d "Political Parties: Major Parties". Radio Free Afghanistan. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 2005. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Democracy in Danger". International Federation of Human Rights. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  3. ^ Ruttig, Thomas (November 2006) "Islamists, Leftists – and a Void in the Center. Afghanistan's Political Parties and where they come from (1902-2006)" Archived 2013-05-24 at the Wayback Machine Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  4. ^ "Q&A: Afghanistan's Tajiks plea for federalism".
  5. ^ a b "FRONTLINE/WORLD Fellows . AFGHANISTAN - Without Warlords . A Secular Politician - PBS".

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