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.]

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 most viable option, according to certain segments of Afghan society is the summoning of the Afghan Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly).
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The US envoy said that the Loya Jirga (lower house of tribal elders) had already delivered its decision on the agreement and the delays in its conclusion had created anxiety in the region and among the Afghans, with the US struggling to deal with subsequent political and technical pressure.
Opposing the shifting of proposed oil refinery from Karak district to Kohat, members of Khattak Loya Jirga warned government that if the refinery will not be established in Karak district, then they would not allow supply of crude oil and gas to other areas.
The Loya Jirga voted in favor of a security deal with Washington that would allow US troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to train national security forces, a deputy speaker of the assembly told the BBC.
Hagel said the Loya Jirga had urged Karzai to sign the pact.
The 2,500-member Loya Jirga had also demanded it be signed by the end of next month.
Karzai vowed this week, at the conclusion of a loya jirga, or grand council, that he would cancel the security agreement completely if there was even one more raid that killed civilians.
27 ( ANI ): The complete endorsement of the proposed Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States by the Afghan Loya Jirga, the Grand Assembly of tribal leaders and elders, reflects the worry of all Afghans across the board about their fragile peace after the NATO forces leave next year.