loya jirga

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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.]
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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]
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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"
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Loya Jirga

[ˌlɔːjəˈdʒɜːgə] N (in Afghanistan) → Loya Jirga f
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The assembly, or loya jirga, is due to start in Kabul on Wednesday and will feature around 2,000 elders discussing Afghanistan s long-term relationship with the United States plus efforts to make peace in the warring country.
The Italian Presidency, on behalf of the European Union, has expressed "its sincerest wishes" for the successful outcome of the Loya Jirga (Assembly of leaders) in Afghanistan which opened on December 14 to debate the country's future Constitution.
Accompanying Mobbs to Baghdad, reported the Guardian, will be Afghan expatriate Zalmay Khalilzad, who "once sympathized with the Taliban but later changed tack." As "special envoy" to the Iraqi opposition, Khalilzad's "main task is to organize a conference of 250 prominent Iraqis, the equivalent of the loya jirga [post-Taliban high council] in Afghanistan."
In an inaugural speech to the loya jirga, Karzai outlined an economic program for his government, stressing on the need to protect Afghanistan's natural resources and setting a customs collection system.
The council, or loya jirga, was supposed to start yesterday but the opening was reset for this afternoon.
Peacekeepers said they believed Sunday's attack was part of a campaign to damage the interim Afghan administration of Hamid Karzai ahead of the loya jirga, a national grand council that meets in June to select a new government.
They would like President Ashraf Ghani to keep his campaign promises regarding holding parliamentary polls and calling a loya jirga on constitutional reforms.
Afghan parliamentarians have begun to express their misgivings about the government's support for the Loya Jirga's extra-constitutional decision-making authority.
A statement issued from the Presidential Palace quoted the president as saying the people of Afghanistan wanted the security agreement with the US and the deal had been endorsed by the consultative Loya Jirga.
The grand assembly or Loya Jirga will deliver its verdict on the crucial security pact between the two countries that allows the US to keep its troops in Afghanistan after 2014 when NATO/ISAF led forces leave Afghanistan.
While the Loya Jirga is strictly consultative, President Karzai has said he won't sign the agreement without the Jirga's approval.
Talking to Online, he said Sunday that the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan and upcoming Bonn Conference are futile exercise.