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Published: 17:17, June 30, 2022 | Updated: 17:22, June 30, 2022
Afghan grand assembly Loya Jirga opens in Kabul
By Xinhua
Published:17:17, June 30, 2022 Updated:17:22, June 30, 2022 By Xinhua

In this handout photograph taken on Aug 7, 2020 and released by the Press Office of President of Afghanistan, people attend the first day of the Loya Jirga, a grand assembly, at the Loya Jirga Hall in Kabul. (PRESS OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN / AFP)

KABUL – The much-awaited Loya Jirga or grand assembly of religious scholars and elders opened in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Thursday, the government’s chief spokesman said. 

Zabihullah Mujahid told the state-run Mili Television that the Jirga allows people of Afghanistan and even representatives of Iran and Pakistan-based Afghan refugees to attend it. 

Some 70 personalities representing Afghan refugees in Pakistan and about 30 others from refugees living in Iran have participated in the Jirga.

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According to the state-run Bakhtar news agency, about 3,500 religious scholars and elders from across the country have been invited to attend the grand assembly.

Participants of the jirga are expected to discuss a series of issues, including reopening schools for girls from 7th grade to 12th grade, the type of government, national flag and national anthem.

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