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Rahmani illegally closes Wolesi Jirga hall: Lawmaker

Rahmani illegally closes Wolesi Jirga hall: Lawmaker

May 20, 2019 - 15:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house member on Monday said lawmaker Mir Rahman Rahmani illegally ordered the house gate shut during today’s session.

Rahmani and Kamal Naser Ausoli who received the highest number of votes on last Thursday were candidates for the speaker slot in the second round of voting on Saturday.

Atta Mohammad Dehqanpor, provisional speaker, said there were 247 lawmakers present in the house and a candidate was required to collect 124 votes to win the seat.

But based on results announced after the voting, Rahmani received 123 votes (one vote short of the threshold) and Ausoli 55. However, Dehqanpor declared Rahmani as winner, triggering a dispute among lawmakers.

At the beginning of yesterday’s session, a 15-member parliamentary committee was formed to resolve the controversy over the Parliament speaker’s election.

The delegation was expected to share its decision at today’s session but lawmaker Abdul Raouf Inami told media persons at the Wolesi Jirga hall that Rahmani illegally closed the session.

According to him, Rahmani is yet to be declared as speaker of the Wolesi Jirga as conflict about his election still exists among lawmakers.

“If he is the speaker, still he has no authority to shut the house because such a decision should come from a majority of lawmakers.”

Inami said when he arrived in the Wolesi Jirga this morning, he saw the hall gate had been closed.

He added around 20 to 30 supporters of Kamal Naser Ausoli were prevented by guards from entering the house and five guards sustained injuries in a scuffle with lawmakers.

He said the delegation tasked with solving the dispute over the Wolesi Jirga speaker election was also illegally formed because they were not selected through votes of lawmakers and their decision would not be legal.

Irfanullah Irfan, one of the five impartial members of the delegation, said supporters of Ausoli and Ramani did not allow them to take part in delegation meeting and they were told the two sides would solve their issue by themselves.

But according to Irfan’s information, the two sides have not yet resolved their issue.

He suggested ten impartial members, including political experts, should be tasked with resolving the row.

However, Omar Nasir Mujadidi, a lawmaker from western Herat province, said today (Monday) that the delegation’s effort yielded no result as the five impartial lawmakers had left the team and claimed the two sides wanted to cut a deal.




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