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Civil society takes swipe at cabinet composition

Civil society takes swipe at cabinet composition

Jan 18, 2015 - 19:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Federation of Afghanistaninfo-icon Civil Societyinfo-icon (FACS) on Sunday said majority of cabinet nominees lacked expertise and most provinces were denied fair representation.

FACS urged the parliament to grant vote of confidence to ministers-designate based on merit, not on political or ethnic affiliations, in the supreme national interest.

More than 105 days after its inauguration, the unity government last Monday announced the long-awaited list of 25 ministers-designate, and heads of National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) and the Afghanistan Bank.

The nominees are expected to seek a vote of confidence on Tuesday from the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon.

FACS director Sediq Ansari told journalists in Kabul Logar province did not have any representative among the nominees, despite 97,000 voters turning out during the presidential elections.

“Not only non-professional individuals have been picked, no attention has been given to fair provincial representation,” he alleged. The displaced and disabled persons’ unions are part of the Afghan civil society federation.

Abdul Khaliq Zazai, head of the disabled union, criticised the unity government and said despite the long delay it could not present a satisfactory list of nominees. He said the president and chief executive had failed to keep their promises.







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