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Up to 1,000 Afghan Loya Jirga Delegates Walk Out

HeadlineJun 17, 2002

As many as a thousand delegates to Afghanistan’s traditional Loya Jirga council walked out today. The meeting degenerated into arguments over how the country’s legislature should be appointed. Some delegates were angry at the suggestion that the newly selected U.S.-backed leader Hamid Karzai would create a separate assembly which would approve cabinet posts instead of the Loya Jirga itself.

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