KABUL (AFP) - An Afghan female politician called off an 18-day hunger strike on Wednesday and began eating at the request of a senior cleric, ending a gruelling protest over her expulsion from parliament. Semin Barakzai, one of nine MPs expelled from the war-torn nations assembly last month as part of a year-long dispute over the vote results, had vowed not to eat unless she was reinstalled. On Oct 14, Kabul police broke into her tent and forced her to hospital after an increasing number of students and rights activists had begun to join her in hunger strike. I promise to take up your case and defend your rights, cleric and senator Sebghatullah told Barakzai as he helped her eat her first spoons of soup.