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loy·a jir·ga

 (loi′ə jŭr′gə)
A traditional national assembly of Afghanistan, consisting of representatives of the country's constituent communities and tribes.

[Pashto lōya jirga, great assembly : lōya, feminine of lōy, big, great (from Old Iranian *dahāka-, perhaps meaning "manlike, masculine," and akin to Khotanese daha, man, male, and Persian dāh, servant, or perhaps meaning "large," as in Avestan Aži- Dahāka-, a monster of ancient Iranian myth, perhaps "Large Snake" (aži-, snake)) + jirga, assembly, council; see jirga.]

loya jirga

(ˌlɔɪə ˈdʒɜːɡə)
n (often with capitals)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an assembly of regional leaders and tribal chiefs in Afghanistan
[from Pashto, literally: grand assembly]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Loya Jirga - a grand council or grand assembly used to resolve political conflicts or other national problems; "he convened a Loya Jirga that persuaded tribal leaders to acquiesce"
Jirga - a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders; "most criminal cases are handled by a tribal Jirga rather than by laws or police"
Afghanistan, Islamic State of Afghanistan - a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south; "Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan in 1979"

Loya Jirga

[ˌlɔːjəˈdʒɜːgə] N (in Afghanistan) → Loya Jirga f
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The participants signed an accord known as the Bonn Agreement that stipulated the structure of a provisional political system of governance in the post-Taliban period to run the country until a Loya Jirgah, assembly of tribal elders, was convened to decide the future of the governing system and provision of financial aid by the international community for rebuilding Afghanistan.
The constitution, which is to be presented for amendment this December to a constituent assembly known as a Loya Jirgah, is certainly American in appearance: It provides for a bicameral legislature, the Shura, consisting of a directly elected Wolesi Jirgah (House of the People) and a partly elected and partly appointed Meshran Jirgah (House of the Elders), as well as an elected president, vice-president, and an independent judiciary.
The 30-member Afghan Interim Authority will rule the country for a maximum of six months until a traditional grand council, or Loya Jirgah, convenes, possibly in March.