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Legislators nix Ghani choice for women’s affairs minister

Legislators nix Ghani choice for women’s affairs minister

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Jan 28, 2015 - 13:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok) The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Wednesday rejected by a majority of votes the minister-designate for womeninfo-icon affairs.

At the start of the session, Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi said the documents of Najiba Ayubi had been scrutinised and she could not explain her programmes.

But Kamal Nasir Usooli, head of the religious and higher educationinfo-icon commission, said Ayubi was a university student, when introduced to the Wolesi Jirga.

As such, she does not meet requirements of Article 72, which says a cabinet candidate should have a master’s degree.

But the Ministry of Higher Education had sent a letter to lawmakers, saying she had obtained her master’s degree in journalism about a month ago.

The nominee, however, faced opposition from some public representatives and was rejected by a majority vote.

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