Senate asks govt to introduce Cabinet picks soon
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday asked President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to name and introduce to Parliament his Cabinet nominees as soon as possible and take effective measures for reversing the tide of insecurity.
The call was issued days after President Ahmadzai said he was in no hurry to introduce his Cabinet picks, a job he would carefully do.
However, after being sworn-in last month, Ahmadzai said he would introduce his Cabinet nominees to the parliament for a vote of confidence within 45 days.
The president issued a decree asking all ministers, governors and departmental heads to continue their job in acting capacity. However, under the law, the time of acting capacity should not exceed a month.
An upper house member from central Daikundi province, Ali Akbar Jamshidi, told today’s session that the government should introduce the Cabinet members without any further delay because the acting officials had not been performing with responsibility and as a result, insecurity had increased.
His colleague from southern Kandahar province, Bismillah Afghanmal, said the government should put to an end the issue of acting officials and should focus on security.
He accused acting governors of interfering into the elections of provincial council heads, their deputies and senatorial representatives in order to have men in the future parliament.
Shehnaz Ghausi from western Herat province said prolonging the issue of acting officials meant increasing insecurity in the country.
Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar also said the government should introduce the ministers-designate at the earliest. He said the nominees should be professional individuals who could do away with the gap between the government and the masses.
He said insecurity had lately deteriorated and the government should take effective steps to reverse the tide.
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