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Afghanistan

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House of Elders

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theHouse of the People

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Jirga (National Assembly)
Chamber name
Meshrano Jirga (House of Elders)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Upper chamber

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1990-01 to 1992-01
from 2007-01
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
President of the House of Elders
Speaker
Fazal Hadi Muselimyar (Male)
Year of birth
1969
Term
29.01.2011
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Secretary General
Secretary general
Abdul Muqtader Nasary (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 16 April 2018.

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Indirectly elected members Indirectly elected, for example by regional parliaments or an electoral college.
68
Appointed members Appointed, for example, by the Head of State.
34
Note on the statutory number of members
The statutory number of members of the House of Elders is three times the number of existing provinces (currently 34). Indirectly elected members: these include one representative from each of the 34 Provincial Councils, serving a four-year term; and one representative from each of the 34 local District Councils, serving a three-year term. Appointed members: appointed by the President for a five-year term. The appointed members include two persons with disabilities, and two nomads. Between December 2005 and January 2015, the 34 seats reserved for District Councils were filled by members of the Provincial Councils. They will remain vacant until District Council elections are held.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
68
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
17
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
25% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
352 See historical data for this field.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
33,736
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
95,841 See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Latif Khan (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
91
Oldest member
Professor Hazrat Sibghatullah Mujadidi (Male)
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 0 9 30 20 26 9 4 4 0
Total <= 45: 39 Total >= 46: 63
Male 0 0 4 25 11 19 7 4 4 0 74
Female 0 0 5 5 9 7 2 0 0 0 28
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0%0%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger8.82%3.92%4.9%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger38.24%28.43%9.8%
Members for whom data is available
102

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
17
Persons with disabilities
2
Notes
2 seats for nomads according to Article 84 of the Constitution The President shall appoint 50 per cent of 34 presidential appointees from amongst women in accordance with Article 84 of the Constitution.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.