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Afghan President issues decree to curb corruption

Last Updated: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 19:29

Kabul: The Afghan President has issued an ambitious list of proposed reforms aimed at fighting graft, bribery and nepotism. The move follows pressure from donor nations.

President Hamid Karzai`s 23-page decree orders officials to clear the attorney general`s office and the courts of languishing cases and do more than talk about bringing corrupt figures to justice.

The decree was issued yesterday. It`s like an executive order but is ambiguous about what happens to those who don`t comply.

Donor nations have long expressed concern about corruption within the Afghan government. Karzai has blamed international contracting procedures for some of the problem.

Billions pledged this month at a Tokyo conference are tied to a new monitoring process to assure that aid is not diverted by corrupt officials or mismanaged.

PTI

First Published: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 19:29
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