Youths and new faces are making at least 70 percent of Afghanistan’s parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, which has 249 members.
According to the secretary of the house, Afghan women managed to secure 27 of the seats in the parliament after October elections.
A number of new lawmakers who have secured said that they will soon start their legislative responsibilities as a routine once the current rift over the election of a new speaker of the house is over.
“We are optimistic that the young lawmakers use their abilities and try for implementation of the law in Afghanistan,” said Narendra Singh Khalsa, an MP representing Afghanistan’s Sikh minority.
“In this round, we see two positive things: first the number of young lawmakers has increased and they have more motivation for work, and second, we have educated youths and we consider it a positive step,” said Rahimullah Ghalib, deputy of parliament’s secretariat chief.
There were 249 seats in the parliament in the previous rounds of the parliament, but the Afghan government later decided to consider one seat reservation for Afghanistan’s Hindu and Sikh community.