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Khawasi new Wolesi Jirga secretary

Khawasi new Wolesi Jirga secretary

Jan 24, 2012 - 18:46

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): MP Abdul Sattar Khawasi was elected as Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon secretary during a third round of the parliamentary administrative board polls on Tuesday.

Khawasi, hailing from central Parwan province, won 108 votes and his rival Zahir Sadat from Panjsher 67. Of the 202 votes cast, 19 were declared invalid and 24 others found blank.

Also in the third round, Ahmad Behzad, an MP from western Herat, secured 92 votes and his opponent Dr. Jafar Mihdavi from Kabul earned 76.

Both failed to earn the required number of votes for the second deputy speaker post. Of the 202 votes cast in their favour, 18 were declared invalid and 20 blank.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi announced voting for second deputy speaker would take place on Wednesday. He asked candidates to submit written applications to administrative board officials.

In the first round of voting, Haji Abdul Zahir Qadir from eastern Nangarhar province bagged 140 votes, while his rival Nadir Khan Katawazai from southeastern Paktia got 46. Of the total 210 votes cast, 24 were declared invalid.

In the second round, Farhad Azimi, with 114 votes, failed to receive the deputy secretary slot.

Under Article 87 of the Constitution, both houses of Parliament elect from amongst their members a chairman of the administrative board, with first and second deputy speakers and two lawmakers as the board's secretary and deputy for a year.



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