Provinces of Afghanistan


Provinces of Afghanistan

The Provinces of Afghanistan (locally recognized as "wilayats" - ولايت) are the primary administrative divisions of Afghanistan. There are currently thirty-four (34) provinces in the country, with two (Panjshir and Daykundi) having been added in 2004. Each province is further divided into smaller districts. Much of the districts and administrative divisions of the country are remnants of the 1960’s overhaul, where districts were gerrymandered to assure Pashtun dominance. [Barnett, R. Rubin, The Fragmentation of Afghanistan, page 73]

Provincial governments are led by a governor.

Each province is represented in the government of Afghanistan by two members in the House of Elders. One is elected by the provincial council to a four year term while the second is elected by the district councils to a three year term. Representation in the House of the People is directly from the districts, although in each province, two of the representatives must be women. These are appointed by the President.

Provinces of Afghanistan

Historical provinces

References

See also

*Districts of Afghanistan

External links

* [http://www.aims.org.af/index.aspx Afghanistan Information Management Services (AIMS)]
* [http://afghanistan.usaid.gov/en/Provinces.aspx USAID-Afghanistan: Activities by Province]
* [http://www.afghan-web.com/politics/governors.html Provincial Governors]


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