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Stanikzai fails to win confidence vote from WJ

Stanikzai fails to win confidence vote from WJ

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Jul 04, 2015 - 12:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament on Saturday did not approve Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai as defense minister.

On July 1, the government introduced defense minister-designate, the nominee for the Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Bank (DAB) and two members-designate of the Supreme Court to the Wolesi Jirga for vote of confidence.

Stanikzai explained his working plan to the Wolesi Jirga today. Stanikzai said that brining reforms to the Afghan National Army (ANA), improving capacity and better equipping ANA and the armed forces, improving security situation, bolstering defense industries and creating a unit for carrying out special operations would be among his goals.

He added that removing of parallel organs, preventing corruption and strengthening cooperation between security organs would also be among his other priorities.

However, he could not win the vote of confidence from the lawmakers.

Of the 213 lawmakers present during the session, 84 voted in favor of proposed defense minister Mohammad Masoum Stainkzai while he was required to get 107 votes to win the seat.

Based on article 64 of the constitution, the ministers should be appointed on the suggestion of the president and then approved by the Wolesi Jirga.

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