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Lower house sacks higher education minister

Lower house sacks higher education minister

Nov 14, 2016 - 15:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Sticking to its guns, the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Monday disqualified the higher educationinfo-icon minister, while the ministers of justice and urban development survived a no-confidence vote.

On November 9, the lower house decided to summon 17 ministers who spent less than 70 percent of their development budgets during the current solar year.

On Saturday, lawmakers sacked Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Nasrin Oryakhel and Public Works Minister Mahmood Baligh.

Minister of Education Asadullah Hanif Balkhi and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Mohammadullah Batash were voted out on Sunday. But Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi survived the vote of no-confidence.

Also on Sunday, the Presidential Palace requested the Wolesi Jirga to suspend the ministers’ summoning process, but the house spurned the request.

The house asked Higher Education Minister Farida Momand, Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar and Urban Development Minister Saadat Mansoor Naderi to appear before MPs today, but none attended the session.

Some lawmakers demanded a suspensionof the summoning process, but others stressed the need for implementing the house decision on grilling the cabinet members on their failure.

Of the 201 lawmakers present, 131 voted against the higher education minister. The urban development minister received 135 votes of trust while the 101 MPs reposed confidence in the justice minister.

Under the relevant constitutional provision, a minister could be unseated by 118-pluse votes.The government has questioned the legality of the present summoning procedure.


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