House of the People (Afghanistan)

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The House of the People or Wolesi Jirga , abbreviated WJ, is the lower house
Lower house
A lower house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the upper house.Despite its official position "below" the upper house, in many legislatures worldwide the lower house has come to wield more power...

 of the bicameral
Bicameralism
In the government, bicameralism is the practice of having two legislative or parliamentary chambers. Thus, a bicameral parliament or bicameral legislature is a legislature which consists of two chambers or houses....

 National Assembly
National Assembly of Afghanistan
The National Assembly is Afghanistan's national legislature. It is a bicameral body, comprising two chambers:*Wolesi Jirga or the House of the People: the 250-member lower house.*Meshrano Jirga ) or the House of Elders: an upper house with 102 seats....

 of Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Afghanistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in the centre of Asia, forming South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. With a population of about 29 million, it has an area of , making it the 42nd most populous and 41st largest nation in the world...

, alongside the House of Elders
House of Elders
Mesherano Jirga or the House of Elders, is the upper house of the bicameral National Assembly of Afghanistan, alongside the Wolesi Jirga .It has 102 members...

.

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
Single non-transferable vote
The single non-transferable vote or SNTV is an electoral system used in multi-member constituency elections.- Voting :In any election, each voter casts one vote for one candidate in a multi-candidate race for multiple offices. Posts are filled by the candidates with the most votes...

 (SNTV).http://www.unama-afg.org/news/_parelection/_factsheets/_english/JEMBS%20POD%20FS%20SNTV%20v11%202005%2005%2026%20ENG.pdf Members are elected by district and serve for five years. The constitution guarantees at least 64 delegates to be female. Kuchi
Kuchis
Kuchis , are Afghan Pashtun nomads, primarily from the Ghilzai, Kakar, Lodi, Ahmadzai as well as some Durrani tribes, but occasionally there may also be some Baloch people among them that live a nomadic life travelling between pastoral lands in Afghanistan and in Pakistan...

 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.

The 2010 Wolesi Jirga elections
Afghan parliamentary election, 2010
The Afghan parliamentary election, 2010 to elect members of the Wolesi Jirga took place on 18 September 2010. The Afghan Independent Election Commission - established in accordance with the article 156 of the Constitution of Afghanistan for the purpose of organizing and supervising all elections in...

 were held on September 18, 2010. Final, certified results are expected on October 31, 2010.

Members of parliament


Some current members of the Wolesi Jirga are:
name role constituency notes
Mohammad Younis Qanooni  Speaker Kabul Province
Kabul Province
Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

 
  • Member of Afghan cabinet during the Afghan Interim Administration
    Afghan Interim Administration
    The Afghan Interim Administration was the first administration of Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime and was the highest authority of the country from 22 December 2001 until 13 July 2003.-Background:...

     and Afghan Transitional Administration
    Afghan Transitional Administration
    The Afghan Transitional Administration was the name of a temporary administration of Afghanistan put in place by the 2002 Loya Jirga and followed the Afghan Interim Administration which was installed after the Bonn Conference.-Background:Following the US Invasion in Afghanistan, a UN sponsored...

    .
Mirwais Yasini
Mirwais Yasini
Mirwais Yasini is the current First Deputy Speaker of the Lower House of the Afghan Parliament. Following the Communist coup in 1978, Mirwais Yasini worked actively to combat the Soviet invasion, and went on to oppose the Taliban from 1993 to 2001 as a social and political activist...

 
First Deputy Speaker Nangarhar Province
Nangarhar Province
Nangarhar is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan in the east of the country. Its capital is the city of Jalalabad. The population of the province is 1,334,000, which consists mainly of ethnic Pashtuns with a sizable community of Arabs and Pashais....

 
  • Candidate for President during the 2009 Afghan Presidential elections.
  • Mohammad Arif Noorzai
    Mohammad Arif Noorzai
    Mohammad Arif Noorzai was former minister of Border and Tribe . He was elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005...

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • He was a deputy speaker.
  • He is related to President Hamid Karzai
    Hamid Karzai
    Hamid Karzai, GCMG is the 12th and current President of Afghanistan, taking office on 7 December 2004. He became a dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001...

     through marriage.
  • Burhanuddin Rabbani
    Burhanuddin Rabbani
    Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani was President of the Islamic State of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. After the Taliban government was toppled during Operation Enduring Freedom, Rabbani returned to Kabul and served as a temporary President from November to December 20, 2001, when Hamid Karzai was...

     
    Badakshan Province 
  • Former President of Afghanistan.
  • Leader of Islamic Society of Afghanistan
  • Pacha Khan Zadran
    Pacha Khan Zadran
    Pacha Khan Zadran is a powerful militia leader and a politician in the southeast of Afghanistan. He was an ex Soviet-fighter militia leader who played a role in driving the Taliban from Paktia Province in the 2001 invasion, with American backing, and he subsequently assumed the governorship of...

     
    Paktia Province
    Paktia Province
    Paktia , is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, in the east of the country. Its capital is Gardez. The population is predominantly Pashtun.- History:...

  • Signatory to Bonn Conference
    Bonn Conference
    After Operation Enduring Freedom in which the Taliban government was toppled in Afghanistan, in December 2001, the German city of Bonn hosted a conference of Afghan leaders at Hotel Petersberg, to choose the leader of an Afghan Interim Authority – widely known as the Bonn Conference.The...

    .
  • Fell under suspicion of warlord
    Warlord
    A warlord is a person with power who has both military and civil control over a subnational area due to armed forces loyal to the warlord and not to a central authority. The term can also mean one who espouses the ideal that war is necessary, and has the means and authority to engage in war...

    ism.
  • Hazrat Ali
    Hazrat Ali
    Hajji Hazrat Ali bin Bahawal Sheir is a military commander in eastern Afghanistan.-Biography:He was born in 1964 and is an ethnic Pashai....

     
    Nangarhar Province
    Nangarhar Province
    Nangarhar is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan in the east of the country. Its capital is the city of Jalalabad. The population of the province is 1,334,000, which consists mainly of ethnic Pashtuns with a sizable community of Arabs and Pashais....

     
  • A prominent anti-Taliban figure, who fight against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda during the resistance period in Afghanistan.
  • Malalai Joya
    Malalai Joya
    Malalai Joya is an activist, writer and a former politician from Afghanistan. She served as a Parliamentarian in the National Assembly of Afghanistan from 2005 until early 2007, after being dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of what she considered to be warlords and war criminals in...

     
    Farah Province
    Farah Province
    Farah is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the southwest of the country. Its capital is Farah. Farah is a spacious and sparsely populated province that lies on the Iranian border...

     
  • women's rights campaigner, nicked "the bravest woman in Afghanistan."
  • Sayed Mohmood Hasamuddeen Al-Gailani
    Sayed Mohmood Hasamuddeen Al-Gailani
    Sayed Mohmood Hasamuddeen Al-Gailani was elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.He is from the Pashtun ethnic group.He is a grandson of Pir Gailani, a prominent...

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • He is a grandson of Pir Gailani, a prominent Sufi, and leader of an Afghan political party.
  • Ali Akbar Qasimi
    Ali Akbar Qasimi
    Ali Akbar Qasimiwas elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.He is a member of the Hazaraethnic group. He is a General in theAfghan National Army, and was a the former...

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • He is a General in the Afghan National Army
    Afghan National Army
    The Afghan National Army is a service branch of the military of Afghanistan, which is currently trained by the coalition forces to ultimately take the role in land-based military operations in Afghanistan. , the Afghan National Army is divided into seven regional Corps. The strength of the Afghan...

    , and was a the former commander of the 14th Division, which was garrisoned in Ghazni.
  • Mohammad Daud Sultanzoy
    Mohammad Daud Sultanzoy
    Mohammad Daud Sultanzoywas elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.He is a Pashtun from the Ghilzai tribe.He is fluent in English, and prior to his election...

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • Sultanzoy, prior to his election, was a pilot for United Airlines.
  • Niyaz Mohammad Amiri
    Niyaz Mohammad Amiri
    HajjiNiyaz Mohammad Amiriwas elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.He is a member of the Pashtun ethnic group.He is related to the Governors of two of Ghazni'sdistricts...

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • His brother, Shah Mohammad, and his cousin Hajji
    Hajji
    Hajji or El-Hajj, is an honorific title given to a Muslim person who has successfully completed the Hajj to Mecca, and is often used to refer to an elder, since it can take time to accumulate the wealth to fund the travel. The title is placed before a person's name...

     Fazell, are Governors of two of Ghazni
    Ghazni
    For the Province of Ghazni see Ghazni ProvinceGhazni is a city in central-east Afghanistan with a population of about 141,000 people...

    's districts.
  • Rahila Bibi Kobra Alamshahi
    Rahila Bibi Kobra Alamshahi
    Rahila Bibi Kobra Alamshahiwas elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.She is a member of the Hazara ethnic group.She is a teacher and journalist....

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • She is a teacher and journalist.
  • Zahera Ahmadyar Mawlayee
    Zahera Ahmadyar Mawlayee
    Hajji Zahera Ahmadyar Mawlayee was elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.She is a member of the Hazara ethnic group.She was formerly the head of the Ghazni women's shura....

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • She was formerly the head of the Ghazni women's shura. She was a University Physics and Math instructor at a
  • Shah Gul Rezai
    Shah Gul Rezai
    Shah Gul Rezaiwas elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.She is a member of the Hazara ethnic group.She was a teacher from the Jaghoray district.-References:...

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • She was a teacher from the Jaghoray district, prior to her election.
  • Abdul Qayyum Sajjadi
    Abdul Qayyum Sajjadi
    DoctorAbdul Qayyum Sajjadiwas elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.He is a member of the Hazara ethnic group.He speaks English and was the editor of a science...

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • He was the editor of a science journal prior to taking office.
  • Khyal Mohammad Mohammad Khan
    Khyal Mohammad Mohammad Khan
    EngineerKhyal Mohammad Mohammad Khanwas elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.He is a member of the Pashtun ethnic group.He is the finalcial chief for the Hezbi Islami....

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • He is the finalcial chief for the Hezbi Islami
    Hezbi Islami
    Hezbi Islami , meaning Islamic Party is an Islamist organization commonly known for fighting in the Marxist Government of Afghanistan and their close ally the Soviet Union. Founded and led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, it was established in Pakistan in 1975...

    .
  • His election was close—he won by two votes.
  • Al-Haj Mamur Abdul Jabar Shulgari
    Al-Haj Mamur Abdul Jabar Shulgari
    Al-Haj Mamur Abdul Jabar Shulgariwas elected to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.He is a former Mujahedin commander....

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • Prior to his election he served in the Loya Jirga
    Loya jirga
    A loya jirga is a type of jirga regarded as "grand assembly," a phrase in the Pashto language meaning "grand council." A loya jirga is a mass meeting usually prepared for major events such as choosing a new king, adopting a constitution, or discussing important national political or emergency...

     that drafted Afghanistan's new Constitution.
  • Abdul Bagi Baryal
    Abdul Bagi Baryal
    Abdul Bagi Baryalcame to serve to represent Ghazni Province in Afghanistan's Meshrano Jirga, the upper house of its National Legislature, in 2005.Abdul Bagi Baryal is a member of the Pashtunethnic group.He was injured by a rocket during the...

     
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni Province
    Ghazni is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. Babur records in his Babur-Nama that Ghazni is also known as Zabulistan It is in the east of the country. Its capital is Ghazni City...

     
  • He founded an organization for the disabled after he was blinded and lost a leg from a rocket during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
  • Fauzia Gailani
    Fauzia Gailani
    Fauzia Gailani was elected to represent Herat Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.She won almost 16,885 votes, more than any other candidate in Herat....

     
    Herat Province
    Herat Province
    Herat is one the 34 provinces of Afghanistan; together with Badghis, Farah, and Ghor provinces, it makes up the South-western region of the country...

     
  • Won more votes than any other female candidate.
  • Won more votes than any other candidate in Herat.
  • Fazlullah Mojadeddi
    Fazlullah Mojadeddi
    Dr. Fazlullah Mojadeddi also spelled as is an ethnic TajikAfghan mujahadeen leader of Logar Province who was one of the prominent commanders of Jamiat-e Islami during the Soviet war in Afghanistan...

     
    Logar Province 
  • Formerly Governor of Logar. Member of Wolesi Jirga from 2005-2010. Did not run in the 2010 Elections.
  • Dr. Shakila Hashimi  Logar Province 
  • She is the chairperson of the Health Committee
  • Ali Mohammad  Logar Province 
  • Serves on the Communications, Urban Development, Water, power, Municipal Affairs Committee
  • Wali Wahdatyar Ahmadzai  Logar Province 
  • Unknown
  • Haji Akbar Stanekzai  Logar Province 
  • Unknown
  • Hajji
    Hajji
    Hajji or El-Hajj, is an honorific title given to a Muslim person who has successfully completed the Hajj to Mecca, and is often used to refer to an elder, since it can take time to accumulate the wealth to fund the travel. The title is placed before a person's name...

     Alam Gull Kuchi 
    Kuchi people 
    Shukria Barakzai
    Shukria Barakzai
    Shukria Barakzai is an Afghan politician, journalist and entrepreneur, and a prominent Muslim feminist.-Early life:She was born in 1972 in Kabul, Afghanistan...

     
    Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • women's rights campaigner, journalist.
  • Malalai Shinwari
    Malalai Shinwari
    Malalai Shinwari is a member of the Wolesi Jirga for Kabul Province, Afghanistan.Shinwari was a journalist prior to running for office.Shinwari ranked first in votes among female candidates in Kabul...

     
    Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • Shinwari was a journalist prior to running for office.
  • She reports her supporters were subjected to intimidation from traditionalists.
  • She opposes selling daughters into marriage to pay off debts.
  • Fauzia Nasryar Haidari  Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • Fatima Nazry  Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • Erfanullah Erfan  Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • Alami Balkhi  Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • Anwar Khan Auriakhel  Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • Baidar Zazai  Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • Abbas Noyan  Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • Jamil Karzai
    Jamil Karzai
    Jamil Karzaiwas elected to represent Kabul Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Kabul prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated Jamil Karzai is a second cousin to President Hamid Karzai.It stated he was head of the National...

     
    Kabul Province
    Kabul Province
    Kābul , situated in the east of the country, is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. The capital of the province is Kabul City, which is also Afghanistan's capital. The population of Kabul province is 3.5 million people as of 2009, of which almost 80 percent live in the urban areas...

     
  • He is a second cousin to President Hamid Karzai
    Hamid Karzai
    Hamid Karzai, GCMG is the 12th and current President of Afghanistan, taking office on 7 December 2004. He became a dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001...

    .
  • He was head of the National Youth Solidarity Party.
  • It stated he sat on the Internal Security Committee.
  • Obaidullah
    Obaidullah (Kandahar politician)
    Obaidullahwas elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate Schoolstated he was a high school graduate,...

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • Served on the Economics committee.
  • Malali Ishaqzai
    Malali Ishaqzai
    Malali Ishaqzaiwas elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate Schoolstated she was a high school graduate,...

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • She served on the Government Services Committee.
  • Haji
    Hajji
    Hajji or El-Hajj, is an honorific title given to a Muslim person who has successfully completed the Hajj to Mecca, and is often used to refer to an elder, since it can take time to accumulate the wealth to fund the travel. The title is placed before a person's name...

     Ahmad Shah Khan Asakzai
    Ahmad Shah Khan Asakzai
    Hajji Ahmad Shah Khan Asakzai.jpg was elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated...

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • He sat on the Armed Service Committee.
  • Haji
    Hajji
    Hajji or El-Hajj, is an honorific title given to a Muslim person who has successfully completed the Hajj to Mecca, and is often used to refer to an elder, since it can take time to accumulate the wealth to fund the travel. The title is placed before a person's name...

     Ameer Lali
    Ameer Lali
    Hajji Ameer Lali was elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005. A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated he was a member of the Pashtun ethnic group, from the same Popolzai tribe as...

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • He sat on the Armed Services Committee.
  • Fariba Ahmadi Kakar
    Fariba Ahmadi Kakar
    Fariba Ahmadi Kakar was elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005....

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • She sat on the Armed Services Committee.
  • Habibullah Jan
    Habibullah Jan
    Habibullah Jan was elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005....

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • Assassinated in 2008.
  • Reported to have been a "sometimes rival of [President] Karzai".
  • Reported to have been assassinated by the Taliban.
  • He sat on the "Kandahar Security Shura".
  • Khalid Pashtoon
    Khalid Pashtoon
    Khalid Pashtoon was elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005. He is a member of the Pashtun ethnic group from the Barakzai tribe. A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated he attended the...

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • He was the deputy chair of the Internal Security Committee.
  • Noorulhaq Olumi
    Noorulhaq Olumi
    Noorulhaq Olumi was elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005. He is a member of the Pashtun ethnic group from the Barakzai tribe...

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • He was the chair of the Armed Services Committee.
  • Shakiba
    Shakiba
    Shakiba was elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005. A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated she sits on the Environment Committee; that she was a school principal prior to taking...

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • She sat on on the Environment Committee.
  • Sayyad Mohammad
    Sayyad Mohammad
    Mullah Sayyad Mohammad was selected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Meshrano Jirga, the upper house of its National Legislature, in 2005. He is a member of the Pashtun ethnic group from the Barakzai tribe. A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated he is...

     
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar Province
    Kandahar or Qandahar is one of the largest of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in southern Afghanistan, between Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul provinces. Its capital is the city of Kandahar, which is located on the Arghandab River. The province has a population of nearly...

     
  • He sat on the Armed Services Committee.
  • Amir Khan Sabri
    Amir Khan Sabri
    Hajji Amir Khan Sabri was elected to represent Khost Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Khost prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated...

     
    Khost Province
    Khost Province
    Khost is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the east of the country. Khost province used to be part of Paktia province in the past...

     
  • He sat on the Communications Committee.
  • Mawlawi
    Mawlawi
    Mawlawi may refer to:*Mevlevi Order, a Sufi order founded in Konya*Mawlawi , an honorific Islamic title often given to Sunni Muslim Clergy...

     Hanif Shah al-Hussaini
    Hanif Shah al-Hussaini
    Mawlawi Hanif Shah al-Hussaini was elected to represent Khost Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005....

     
    Khost Province
    Khost Province
    Khost is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the east of the country. Khost province used to be part of Paktia province in the past...

     
  • He sat on the Justice Committee.
  • Sahira Sharif
    Sahira Sharif
    Sahira Sharif was elected to represent Khost Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Khost prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated that she "was possibly associated with Hezb-e Islami"...

     
    Khost Province
    Khost Province
    Khost is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the east of the country. Khost province used to be part of Paktia province in the past...

     
  • She sat on the Education Committee.
  • Sayed Mohammad Gulabzoy
    Sayed Mohammad Gulabzoy
    Major General Sayed Muhammad Gulabzoi is an Afghan politician.An ethnic Pashtun from the Zadran tribe, Gulabzoy was born in Paktia Province. An Air Force mechanic by training, he studied at the Air Force college...

     
    Khost Province
    Khost Province
    Khost is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the east of the country. Khost province used to be part of Paktia province in the past...

     
  • He sat on the Internal Security Committee.
  • Gul Haar Jalal
    Gul Haar Jalal
    Gul Haar Jalalwas elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated she is a member of the Pashtun ethnic group, from Nurhar district.It stated that prior to...

     
    Kunar Province
    Kunar Province
    Kunar is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, located in the northeastern part of the country. Its capital is Asadabad. It is one of the four "N2KL" provinces...

     
  • She sat on the Disabled and Martyrs Committee.
  • Shujaul Mulik
    Shujaul Mulik
    Shujaul Mulik was elected to represent Kunar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Kunar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated that he had been a refugee in Pakistan....

     
    Kunar Province
    Kunar Province
    Kunar is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, located in the northeastern part of the country. Its capital is Asadabad. It is one of the four "N2KL" provinces...

     
  • He sat on the Internal Security Committee.
  • Mawlawi
    Mawlawi
    Mawlawi may refer to:*Mevlevi Order, a Sufi order founded in Konya*Mawlawi , an honorific Islamic title often given to Sunni Muslim Clergy...

     Shahzada Shahid
    Shahzada Shahid
    Mawlawi Shahzada Shahid was elected to represent Kunar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005....

     
    Kunar Province
    Kunar Province
    Kunar is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, located in the northeastern part of the country. Its capital is Asadabad. It is one of the four "N2KL" provinces...

     
  • He sat on the Counter-narcotics committee.
  • Al-Haj
    Hajji
    Hajji or El-Hajj, is an honorific title given to a Muslim person who has successfully completed the Hajj to Mecca, and is often used to refer to an elder, since it can take time to accumulate the wealth to fund the travel. The title is placed before a person's name...

     Sahib Rahman
    Sahib Rahman
    Al-Haj Sahib Rahman was elected to represent Kunar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.He was assassinated by a suicide bomber on November 6, 2007....

     
    Kunar Province
    Kunar Province
    Kunar is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, located in the northeastern part of the country. Its capital is Asadabad. It is one of the four "N2KL" provinces...

     
  • He was assassinated by a suicide bomber on November 6, 2007.
  • He sat on the Economics Committee.
  • Sayed Durahman
    Sayed Durahman
    Mawlawi Sayed Durahman is a member of the Wolesi Jirga for Lagham Province, Afghanistan.He is an ethnic Pashtun.He has a degree in Islamic Affairs.Prior to being elected to the national legislature he was a madrassa teacher.-References:...

     
    Laghman Province 
  • Prior to being elected to the national legislature he was a madrassa teacher.
  • Engineer Mohammad Alim Qarar
    Mohammad Alim Qarar
    Engineer Mohammad Alim Qarar is a member of the Wolesi Jirga for Laghman Province, Afghanistan.He is an ethnic Pashai.He was a former commander with the Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin militia.-References:...

     
    Laghman Province 
  • He was a former commander with the Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin
    Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin
    The Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin is an Afghan islamist political party.The original Hezb-e-Islami was founded in 1977 by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who is now the head of HIG. The other faction is headed by Mulavi Younas Khalis who split with Hekmatyar and established his own Hezbi Islami in 1979...

     militia.
  • Zefnoon Safai
    Zefnoon Safai
    Zefnoon Safai was elected to the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Afghanistan's National Assembly in 2005.She sits on the legislature's budget committee.She has a B.A., and was formerly a literacy teacher.-References:...

     
    Laghman Province 
  • She sat on the legislature's budget committee.
  • Esmatullah Muhabat
    Esmatullah Muhabat
    Esmatullah Muhabat was elected to the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Afghanistan's National Assembly in 2005.He was killed in December 2005....

     
    Laghman Province 
  • He was killed in 2005.
  • Mulla
    Mullah
    Mullah is generally used to refer to a Muslim man, educated in Islamic theology and sacred law. The title, given to some Islamic clergy, is derived from the Arabic word مَوْلَى mawlā , meaning "vicar", "master" and "guardian"...

     Abdul Salam Rakity 
    Zabul Province
    Zabul Province
    Zabul is a historic province of Afghanistan. Zabul became an independent province from neighbouring Kandahar in 1963, with Qalat being named the provincial capital. It should not be confused with the city Zabol, on the Iranian side of the border with Afghanistan.- Political and security situation...

     
  • A former Taliban commander.
  • He sat on the Internal Security Committee.
  • Hameedullah Khan Tokhi
    Hameedullah Khan Tokhi
    Hameedullah Khan Tokhi was elected to represent Zabul Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School characterized him as a "complicated figure"....

     
    Zabul Province
    Zabul Province
    Zabul is a historic province of Afghanistan. Zabul became an independent province from neighbouring Kandahar in 1963, with Qalat being named the provincial capital. It should not be confused with the city Zabol, on the Iranian side of the border with Afghanistan.- Political and security situation...

     
  • He sat on the Internal Security Committee.
  • Toorpekai
    Toorpekai
    Toorpekai was elected to represent Zabul Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005.A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School described her working with the UNAMA on health care....

     
    Zabul Province
    Zabul Province
    Zabul is a historic province of Afghanistan. Zabul became an independent province from neighbouring Kandahar in 1963, with Qalat being named the provincial capital. It should not be confused with the city Zabol, on the Iranian side of the border with Afghanistan.- Political and security situation...

     
  • She sat on the Communications Committee.

  • 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
    Afghan presidential election, 2009
    The 2009 presidential election in Afghanistan was characterized by lack of security, low voter turnout and widespread ballot stuffing, intimidation, and other electoral fraud....

    , elections were postponed.

    The elections will now be held on September 18 when more than 2,500 candidates will compete for the 249 seats in the Wolesi Jirga.

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