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Afghanistan

**Special Note:

On December 5 2001, a U.N.-sponsored Afghan peace conference in Bonn, Germany approved a broad agreement for the establishment of a 6-month interim authority (Afghan Interim Administration) to govern the country. The AIA Chairman, Hamid Karzai, and his cabinet took office December 22, 2001.
The full text of the Agreement on provisional arrangements in Afghanistan pending the re-establishment of permanent government institutions (the "Bonn Agreement", 5 December 2001) is available at: http://www.uno.de/frieden/afghanistan/talks/agreement.htm

The Bonn Agreement called for the convening of a Constitutional Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly) within eighteen months in order to adopt a new constitution for Afghanistan. In the meantime the following legal framework would apply:


i) The Constitution of 1964, a/ to the extent that its provisions are not inconsistent with those contained in this agreement, and b/ with the exception of those provisions relating to the monarchy and to the executive and legislative bodies provided in the Constitution; and

ii) existing laws and regulations, to the extent that they are not inconsistent with this agreement or with international legal obligations to which Afghanistan is a party, or with those applicable provisions contained in the Constitution of 1964, provided that the Interim Authority shall have the power to repeal or amend those laws and regulations.

Information provided by Jurist, The Legal Education Framework. For further information see: http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/world/afghanistan.htm

Note: The complete text of the new constitution is provided by the International Constitutional Law Project at the University of Bern.


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