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Yet another minister voted out; 3 survive no-trust motions

Yet another minister voted out; 3 survive no-trust motions

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Nov 15, 2016 - 12:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Sticking to its guns, the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Tuesday disqualified the communications and information technology minister, while the ministers of agricultureinfo-icon, energy and water and counternarcotics 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.

Until now, the house has disqualified ministers of public works, labour affairs, foreign affairs, aviation and transport and higher educationinfo-icon. However, the ministers of justice, finance and urban affairs managed to survive the no-trust vote.

The house continued the disqualification process despite receiving a letter from the Presidential Palace,calling for the postponementof no-confidence proceedings.

On Monday, the cabinet instructed the ministers disqualified by the lower house to remain in their jobs until a ruling is handed down on the issue by the Supreme Court (SC).

President Ashraf Ghani, who chaired the cabinet meeting, declared full support for the three pillars of the state and said problems created by the lower house’s decision needed to be resolved.

Calling accountability one of the unity government’s basic priorities, the president said transparency was core principle for each ministry, particularly in the implementation of vital programmes.

In today’s session, Communications and Information Minister Abdul Razzaq Wahidi was voted out in his absence. Wahidi did not turn up despite being summoned.

Of the 201 present lawmakers present, 147 voted against Wahidi while 49 MPs reposed confidence in him.

The agriculture minister hot 131 votes in his favour while 62 legislators voted against him. As many as 114 MPs voted for and 71 against the counter-narcotics minister. Similarly, the energy and water minister won the confidence of 115 lawmakers, with 60 voting against him.

In today’s session, more than 118 votes were needed to disqualify a minister.

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