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Continued speaker’s row blamed on outside interference

Continued speaker’s row blamed on outside interference

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Jun 15, 2019 - 20:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Concerned over the ongoing dispute over the speaker’s election, some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Saturday accused their colleagues of fueling differences among the lower house members at the behest of outsiders.

After its inauguration on May 18, the new Wolesi Jirga held an election for the speaker position but the poll went controversial.

The lower house is yet to reach a conclusion over the speaker position despite holding several sittings so far.

A number of lawmakers attended today’s session, but journalists were not allowed to cover the proceedings.

However, some lawmakers talked to media persons at the yard of the lower house. Irfanullah Irfan, a lawmaker from Kabul, told reporters that he would like to apologize to the nation for their failure to resolve the dispute over the speaker’s slot.

“Unfortunately, today as well we fail to resolve the dispute at a time when more than hundred bills are awaiting approval, the security situation is bad and most of the ministries are headed by acting chief, but we are indulged in internal differences.”

Without naming anyone, Irfan said some lawmakers had been approached from outside to fuel differences in the house in a bid to continue with an undecided fate of the lower house.

Another lawmaker from northern Samangan province, Abdalullah Mohammadi, also said outside interference in the affairs of the lower house had resulted in continued differences among the lawmakers.

Lawmaker Abdul Zahir Salangi from central Parwan province said: “If the issue is not resolved in next two days, I will name with evidence those who are working on an agenda they are given from outside.”

He said those working on outside agenda wanted the dispute over the speaker’s election to be continued.

Abdul Rahman Wardak from central Maidan Wardak province said the interference of the government and others and the use of money could not resolve the speaker’s row.

He said the only solution to the speaker’s row was acceptance of the rules and law.

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