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Wolesi Jirga decides to investigate Zazai’s claim

Wolesi Jirga decides to investigate Zazai’s claim

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Dec 11, 2017 - 18:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Monday decided to investigate the lower house secretary’s claim that he enjoyed support of 62 lawmakers in deciding the fate of a minister.

 Fareshta Amini, a lawmaker form Nimroz province, told today’s session of the lower house that Abdul Qadir Zazai, secretary of the lower house, had asked a minister to employ his men otherwise he could impeach him with the support of his 62 votes in the Wolesi Jirga.

The Wolesi Jirga can summon a minister and disqualify him/her if they fail to convince lawmakers with their information.

Amini said Zazai had also added her name to the list of 62 lawmakers but she added she was never in the group and would never make a deal on her vote.

“In the past some lawmakers were rumored warning ministers with support of others if they did not accept their demands, it is no longer a rumor but a fact” she said.

However, Abdul Qadir Zazai, secretary of the lower house, said, “If anyone proved this claim, I am ready to resign, otherwise internal duty rules should be applied on Amini.”

He said Amini had defamed him and she should be banned from the lower house for 20 days.

Zazai asked Amini to name the minister who had accused him of demanding employment of his people in the ministry, but she did not name that minister.

But Amini said: “Zazai knows who is the minister, I can name him in the office of the house speaker in presence of Zazai.”

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Wolesi Jirga speaker, talking to lawmakers, said:“You should consider national and the lower house interests when expressing your views.”

He said accusing someone without evidence was against the morals of the lower house.

Ibrahimi tasked the protection and privileges commission of the lower house to investigate the issue.

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