The Afghan election commission on Sunday expelled nine lawmakers who faced election fraud allegations.
A special court set up by President Hamid Karzai had been prosecuting alleged electoral fraud by 62 parliament members. The nine were among them. The election commission announced the expulsions Sunday, four days after the special court was dissolved.
For months, Afghanistan has been mired in legal wrangling over the legitimacy of roughly one-quarter of the lawmakers in the country’s 249-seat lower house of parliament.
Critics of the Afghan president have long suggested that the creation of the special court had been part of an effort to stack the lower house with Karzai supporters.
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