TOLOnews 22 November 2012
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The Taliban demand to stop the execution of prisoners involved with the militant group met with fierce backlash on Thursday with at least critic calling it "the joke of the century".

Fourteen prisoners were hanged this week, a number of whom were sentenced for their involvement with Taliban-led suicide attacks in Afghanistan.

Lawmakers and Afghanistan's election watchdog on Thursday lashed out the Upper House decision to reject having two foreign commissioners on the board of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) warning that the 2014 presidential election has a higher risk of fraud.

As the Senate decision was welcomed by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), lawmakers scoffed at the notion that the presence of the two foreigners at the ECC violates national sovereignty.

The US has shown readiness to fully implement the bilateral agreement on the Bagram detention centre following heavy criticism from President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan delegation sent to investigate the prison, officials said Thursday.

"Some of the prisoners are still under US custody that should be transferred [to Afghan authority]. The US side has shown readiness for the transfer," Afghan military police commander and Bagram Detention Center chief Gen. Ghulam Farooq said.

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