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Karzai asked to replace acting ministers

Karzai asked to replace acting ministers

Mar 14, 2011 - 16:48

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Monday urged President Hamid Karzai to name permanent candidates to replace acting ministers and heads of departments.

Under the law, an acting minister or acting head of a department should be appointed for a maximum of one month, but six ministries and four departments, including the Supreme Court, are being run by acting heads over the past 18 months.

Fauzia Kofi, a legislator representing northern Badakhshan province, told the house that Karzai should name ministers for the remaining ministries and departments without delay. She said the introduction should take place within two weeks. "Parliament is completed and is ready to give a vote of confidence on the new ministers," she said.

Her call was supported by Gul Badshah Majeedi, an MP from southeastern Paktia province, who said acting ministers and department heads were hurdles to fully implementing budgets and carrying out activities.

Actions taken by acting ministers after the end of their tenure are illegal and they have no legal right to use budget, he said, insisting the remaining Cabinet ministers should be introduced at the earliest.

An MP from northern Baghlan province, Obaidullah Rameen, said donor countries and organistions had no faith in acting ministers.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibarahmi asked the Parliament secretariat to send a letter to the government in this regard. He said Parliament would be ready to give the new ministers a vote of trust after the approval of the budget draft for next year, beginning March 21. Finance minister Omar Zakhilwal on Saturday presented the draft budget to the Wolesi Jirga.

"New faces to replace the acting ministers should be introduced within the next two weeks," the speaker said.

Ministries run by acting ministers include water and energy, urban development, telecommunications and information technology, public healthinfo-icon and higher educationinfo-icon.


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