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DAB governor-designate ordered out of assembly

DAB governor-designate ordered out of assembly

Jan 24, 2015 - 11:10

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) governor-designate was ordered out of Wolesi Jirga after some lawmakers came to blows over the dual nationality issue on Saturday.

For the third day, some ministers-designate and nominees for independent departments are to explain their future programmes to the lower house.

Ministers-designate of energy and water and finance, as well as DAB head Khalil Siddique appeared before the assembly to outline their plans.

Siddique faced a hostile reaction from some lawmakers on the dual-nationality issue. Some of Wolesi Jirga members tried to prevent him from speaking.

The administrative head said the dual-nationality law applied to ministers-designate only, not to independent department heads.

But the MPs insisted independent organ heads being part of the cabinet should neither be treated differently nor permitted to spell out their views.

The issue led to a physical fight between female lawmakers Shakiba Hashimi and Lailuma Wali Hakimi, who were later taken out of the session by security guards.

After the rowsy scene, Siddique also left the house in compliance with Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi’s ruling. The incident came as the question of dual nationality caused differences among the MPs.

At least 13 of the cabinet candidates have dual nationality and lawmakers have already rejected seven of them. They have vowed not to vote for such cabinet choices.


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