From today, 23rd June, all of the main state bodies in Afghanistan will lose their constitutional basis. The Afghan Parliament’s term ended on 22nd June, with no new parliament in line to replace it due to the failure to hold the elections that were due in April.
With the Supreme Court, the attorney general’s office, and the Constitutional Oversight Commission all currently being run by acting heads, the country is rapidly descending into a constitutional crisis at a time when it faces an immense security challenge with the Taliban’s nationwide “spring offensive”.
The collapse of Afghanistan’s political order, compounded by an array of economic, environmental, and security challenges, has become a growing fear for many people in the country. Added to these growing fears, is the fact that Afghanistan is still crippled by poverty, weak state institutions, the trauma of near constant war, the seeming, growing power of the Taliban, who thrive off of the drug mafia, and the entrenched, nationwide corruption.
Such extensive and complex challenges are going to take more than simple “quick fixes” to resolve, and Afghanistan, now as much as ever, needs our prayers.
- Pray for Afghanistan. Pray for resolution to the political issues that threaten its stability, and for peace to come to this hurting land.
- Pray for protection for Christians in Afghanistan, for the growth of the Afghan Church, and the freedom to worship.
- Pray that the Taliban will not regain power, but the desire of people for democracy and freedom will win out over terror and oppression.
- Pray for the light of the Gospel to shine bright and dispel the darkness in this land.
Isaiah 9 vs 2: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined“