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Women’s affairs minister survives impeachment vote

Women’s affairs minister survives impeachment vote

Jul 13, 2016 - 18:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of the parliament Members on Wednesday declined to impeach Womeninfo-icon’s Affairs Minister Dilbar Nazari after her remarks impressed them.

Earlier, the house decided to table a no-confidence vote against Nazari because of her poor performance.

Irfanullah Irfan, the lower house deputy secretary, told reporters that enough signatures had been collected and heads of house commissions and administrative panels had decided to move the no-trust vote against the minister.

Without going into details, Irfan said the legislators had presented multiple reasons for ousting the Cabinet member. One reason was the unsatisfactory performance of Nazari as minister, he added.

Article 92 of the constitution says ‘the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, based on a proposal by one-tenth of members, can impeach a minister. If the reasons given are not satisfactory, the house will consider the issue through a vote of no-confidence.’

The no-trust vote against a minister should be explicit, direct and on the basis of well-founded reasons. This vote should be approved by a majority of members of the Wolesi Jirga, the article adds.

To a question in today’s session, Nazari defended her performance as minister and said she had announced a women’s rights week to denounce violations of their rights.

She said she shared women’s rights violations with the commission concerned and had asked other organizations and groups, including the Talibaninfo-icon, for cooperation in preventing women’s rights violations in the country.

She told lawmakers that the hiring process at her ministry was corruption-free as the entire process was being carried out by the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC).

The minister said she had no issue with any high or low scale staff member, adding that some officers of the ministry were transferred in line with presidential orders and the decisions were taken on Cabinet level.

About the hiring of some family members in the ministry, Nazari said except her son, she did not hire any other member of her family in the ministry.

She said her son received a small amount of salary and the purpose was that he would cooperate with her because she was a female and there were some issues in which she needed his help.

Her remarks turned the tables and of 125 lawmakers present, 68 raised red cards, 51 green cards and six votes were not counted.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahim said Nazari could not be impeached as insufficient votes were polled against her. Therefore, he said, Nazari could continue her job as women’s affairs minister.


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