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Minister-designate for culture found dual citizen

Minister-designate for culture found dual citizen

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Apr 13, 2015 - 17:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Minister-designate for Information and Culture, Abdul Bari Jehani, has been found holding dual nationality, the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon secretary said on Monday.

Abdul Rauf Inami told Pajhwok Afghan News they had vetted documents of all the 16 newly-introduced cabinet nominees.

He said the documents of all, except Jehani, were acceptable to the national assembly until his American nationality was confirmed cancelled by the authorities concerned.

The remaining 16 ministers-designate were introduced to the lower house for a vote of confidence by the second vice president earlier this month.

Inami said they had sent letters to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy in Kabul to confirm if Jehani’s American nationality had been cancelled, but there was not response as yet.

He said if Jehani’s dual nationality was cancelled, he would be given time to share his future plans with lawmakers before being granted the trust vote.

The Wolesi Jirga has decided not to vote for dual citizen cabinet nominees. So far eleven of the 16 nominees have explained their future plans to lawmakers.

So far no one is nominated to head the Ministry of Defence.

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