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MPs to president: Introduce replacement for sacked ministers

MPs to president: Introduce replacement for sacked ministers

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Dec 28, 2016 - 14:08

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Wednesday urged President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to introduce replacements for unseated cabinet members in deference to the decision of public representatives.

On November 2, the lower house summoned 16 cabinet members and impeached the ministers of foreign affairs, labour, public works, education, transport, communication and higher educationinfo-icon in absentia.

The Wolesi Jirga had earlier warned the ministers, who used less than 70 percent of their development funds, of being voted out if they failed to convince the legislators on budget spending.

Shaken by the disqualification of five ministers, the government later moved the Supreme Court to explain the voting out of cabinet members by parliament.

Fozia Kofi, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province, questioned the continued presence of unseated ministers in their portfolios and asked the president to implement the relevant law and respect the lower house decision.

Abdul Wali Niazi, an MP from Badakhshan province, held a similar view. He said the lower house had discharged its responsibility based on the law. The government should stop violating the law, he demanded.

Speaker Ibrahimisaid: “The ministers were disqualified in line with the authority of the lower house and it isn’t an act against the people or the government.”

He added the house decision to impeach the ministers was aimed at improving the country’s overall situation, including governance. The disqualified ministers could not work as acting ministers under the law.

 “The government should respect the house and introduce candidates for the vacant ministerial portfolios as soon as possible,” he said.

Well-placed sources say the Supreme Court (SC) hasupheld the Wolesi Jirga’s decision on unseatingthe seven ministers, but the Presidential Palace said it was yet to be formally informed about the ruling.

Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy spokesman for the Presidential Palace, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Supreme Court had not informed the Palace about its decision on the disqualification of ministers.

nh/mud

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