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8 ministers-designate, proposed spymaster win trust vote

8 ministers-designate, proposed spymaster win trust vote

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Jan 28, 2015 - 15:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Wednesday approved President Ashraf Ghani's picks for eight cabinet slots and the National Directorate of Security  head (NDSinfo-icon).

Of the 243 lawmakers present during the session, 154 voted in favour of proposed spymaster Rahmatullah Nabil. Previously, he served as acting intelligence chief.

Minister-designate of interior Noorul Haq Ulumi bagged 131 votes, finance minister-designate Aklil Hakimi 128 and foreign affairs nominee Salahuddin Rabbani 151.

As many as 170 ballots were cast in favour of the minister-designate for public healthinfo-icon, Ferozuddin Feroz, who was highest vote winner. 

Ghani’s choice for minister of refugee affairs Syed Hussain Alami Balkhi bagged 134 votes. Eighty lawmakers voted against him.

Similarly, minister-designate of mines Daud Shah Saba received 146 votes. Another 74 MPs voted against him.

Minister-designate for rural rehabilitation Eng. Naseer Ahmad Durrani was also confirmed, with 145 legislators voting for him. Seventy-one opposed his nomination and 24 ballots were found invalid.   

Faiz Mohammad Osmani was confirmed as haj and religious affairs minister by getting 160 votes; 61 public representatives opposed his nomination. Twenty-two of his votes were found invalid.

But the Sher Mohammad Karimi minister-designate of defense, and Sardar Rahman Oghli, candidate for the minister of economy, could not reach the 50+1 vote target.

Among the 24 cabinet candidates,18 explained their priorities to the Wolesi Jiga but the rest were barred from speaking to the assembly for having dual nationality.

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