Most of cabinet picks may fail to win trust vote: MPs
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of the parliament -- on Wednesday said majority of cabinet nominees would not be able to get trust vote as they lacked professional experience.
Barring a handful of qualified nominees, most of the cabinet choices would try to strike secret deals with lawmakers to win a vote of confidence, the legislators believed.
More than 105 days after its inauguration, the unity government on Monday finally announced a long-awaited list of 27 ministers-designate, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Afghanistan Bank heads.
Maulvi Abdul Rahman, an MP from northern Balkh province, said the cabinet picks were inexperienced and non-professional. The people of Afghanistan did not wait for three month to see such faces as cabinet members, he remarked.
While stressing the need for competent and committed political leadership, he said if the cabinet members and MPs did not cut deals, most of the ministers-designate would fail to win trust votes.
Qudratullah Zaki, a lawmaker from northern Takhar province, alleged the cabinet had been announced on ethnicity lines. Many of the ministers-designate lacked professionalism, he opined.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi observed the ball had been pushed into the Wolesi Jirga court. He said public representatives should use their vote in the supreme interest of the country and avoid cutting deals.
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