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Lawmakers on the run

Uzra Shamal
In the summer of 2014, as the country teetered on the brink of civil war, MPs drafted a bill guaranteeing personal and financial security for lawmakers after the end of their terms in office. Their actions spawned a series of civic protests throughout Afghanistan in which demonstrators called the MPs' actions "corrupt" and "selfish." Others argue that guaranteeing former lawmakers' personal and financial security protects the MPs, and indeed the whole political system, from much greater perils.
10.12.2013  |  Kabul