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  • n. a grand council or grand assembly used to resolve political conflicts or other national problems


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  • "We believe that the agreement was already designed by the Americans and only used the name of loya jirga to announce it," it said in a statement.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Only a legitimately elected Afghan president can enact reforms, so at the very least we need to see a genuine run-off election or an emergency national council, called a loya jirga, before winter.

    Galbraith, In His Own Words, On The Afghan Election And The U.N. Complicity | ATTACKERMAN

  • In 2005, nearly a century after the last czar and nearly sixty years after the last viceroy, Hamid Karzai, who bore the title but not the power of president, had the impossible task of governing Afghanistan through a traditional gathering of tribes known as the loya jirga.

    The Great Experiment

  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke yesterday on the opening day of the assembly - called a loya jirga - where the elders are considering the terms of an agreement between Afghanistan and the United States.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • The pact would not have the force of law, although Afghanistan is expected to seek consensus from a panel of elders called a loya jirga.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • The traditional meeting, known as a loya jirga, will begin Wednesday under a tent in Kabul, with the aim of getting input on President Hamid Karzai's efforts to strike a strategic accord with the U.S. American and Afghan officials have been negotiating that document for months but have yet to reach an agreement on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan in the decade after 2014, when Afghan authorities are expected to take charge of security nationwide.

    The Seattle Times

  • Abdullah’s campaign team issued a short statement on Saturday saying the former foreign minister had called a loya jirga, or grand assembly of elders, for 9.30 a.m. on Sunday 1:00 a.m.

    What The Fuck, Zal? | ATTACKERMAN

  • Musadeq Sadeqe/Associated Press An Afghan delegate was seen through the gap in a door as committee members continued their discussions on the second day of loya jirga in Kabul Thursday.

    Asia in Pictures

  • Though President Karzai is not technically allowed to run again, some of his supporters said he could retain power through constitutional changes that may be passed by a specially elected assembly, the loya jirga.

    Karzai Appoints Brother in Kandahar

  • Although the literal translation of loya jirga is “gathering of the elders,” I thought I could turn the disadvantage of my age around to my benefit.

    A Woman Among Warlords


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