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Woman nominee for Supreme Court member rejected

Woman nominee for Supreme Court member rejected

Jul 08, 2015 - 13:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Anisa Rasouli, member-designate for the Supreme Court, on Wednesday failed to win a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, or the lower house of parliament.

On July 1, the unity government of President Ashraf Ghani introduced nominees for the Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Bank (DAB) and Supreme Court to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of trust.

Anisa Rasouli, outlining her plans to the lawmakers, said she would ensure meritocracy, maintain justice and basic rights of citizens, preventing interference in judicial affairs and try to ensure equality.

She stressed the need for fighting corruption and said that judges should be independent in making decisions under law. Judges should be completely neutral in addressing cases and nothing should affect their decisions, Rasouli added.

Of the 193 lawmakers present during the session, 88 voted in favour of Anisa Rasouli while she required 97 ballots to win the membership. She was the first Afghan woman nominated for the membership of the Supreme Court.

Anisa Rsouli is the daughter of Mohammad Alam. She was born in 1967 in central Parwan province. She graduated from Ayesha Durani High School and received her bachelor's degree  in judicial and prosecution from Kabul University in 1987.

Rasouli received her master degree in penal law and criminology from Islamic Azad University of Iran in 2014. She worked as administrative officer of the audit department at Supreme Court, served as member of the penal cases section of the research department at the apex court.

Rasouli also worked as public security judge, head of juvenile appellant court in Kabul, lecturer at the Ministry of Womeninfo-icon's Affairs in Herat, Balkh, Badakhshan, Parwan and Kunduz provinces.




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