Stanikzai failure to win trust vote disappointed Campbell
KABUL (Pajhwok): Expressing disappointment over Wolesi Jirga (WJ) move to reject Masum Stanikzai as candidate for defence ministry, Gen. John F. Campbell, the NATO led Resolute Support (RS) mission commander, on Saturday said Stanikzai was a suitable person for the slot.
Speaking to reporters here, Campbell said Stanikzai had enough experience in military affairs, and was an honest man.
Campbell said Stanikzai, who represented his country in the recent NATO summit, worked closely with NATO officials and always strived hard how to strengthen the country’s nascent security forces.
He asked President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah to render more powers to Stankzai during his acting ministerial period so that he could work more effectively.
The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament did not approve Mohammad Masum Stanikzai as defense minister a week earlier.
However, he could not win the vote of confidence from the lawmakers.
Of the 213 lawmakers present during the session, 84 voted in favor of proposed defense minister Mohammad Masoum Stainkzai while he was required to get 107 votes to win the seat.
On July 1, the government introduced defense minister-designate, the nominee for the Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) and two members-designate of the Supreme Court to the Wolesi Jirga for vote of confidence.
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