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A supporter of King Zahir Shah, he attended the Rome meeting, Bonn Conference, emergency Loya Jirga, constitutional Loya Jirga and last year's peace jirga.
As a non-governmental organization committed to development in Afghanistan since 1954, The Asia Foundation was uniquely positioned to support the implementation of the Bonn Agreement by facilitating the Emergency Loya Jirga, which established an Afghan Transitional Authority; supporting the Constitutional Commission in the drafting of the Constitution; helping to organize the Constitutional Loya Jirga, which approved the Constitution; and preparing the Afghan populace through voter registration and education for the 2004 Presidential and 2005 Parliamentary and Provincial Elections.
Following three weeks of often-contentious debate, the Constitutional Loya Jirga (grand council) approved the country's seventh constitution, by consensus rather than through a vote, on January 4, 2004.
led coalition overthrow the Taliban and now rules western Afghanistan; and American Larry Sampler, the director of international assistance to the constitutional loya jirga.
Since 2001, the Foundation has assisted Afghans in their efforts to rebuild the Afghan state -- establishing a new government through the Emergency Loya Jirga, assisting with reform of the legal system, supporting the process of developing a new constitution, providing operational support for the Constitutional Loya Jirga ("grand assembly"), and assisting with voter registration, civic education, monitoring and technical planning for the October 2004 presidential election and the National Assembly elections scheduled for September 2005.
The constitutional Loya Jirga will take place next month and presidential elections are to be held in June.
The Constitutional Loya Jirga approved the democratic Constitution that now enshrines the rights of all Afghan citizens, including its women.
According to the timetable agreed upon by various Afghan factions, a constitutional loya jirga, or grand council, is to be convened by the end of the year and a new constitution adopted.