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Wolesi Jirga dispute has paralyzed legislation: Muslimyar

Wolesi Jirga dispute has paralyzed legislation: Muslimyar

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Jun 16, 2019 - 19:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday called for solution to lawmakers’ dispute over electing the speaker of the lower house, saying the issue persistence had paralyzed legislation.

About one and a half months back, after inauguration of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, lawmakers Mir Rahman Rahmani, Mirwais Yasini, Kamal Naser Osuli and Omar Nasir contested for the speaker post.

However, none could bag enough votes to become speaker of the house and the ballot went to a second round, which was deferred to May 19.

The second round of vote between the two candidates turned controversial and a solution is yet to be sought.

Three parliamentary teams had been appointed by the lower house for solution to the issue, but none was able to solve the controversy.

Today, the lower house’s 21st session also ended without reaching a decision on the speaker position.

The situation has raised concerns among Meshrano Jirga members.

A number of senators during today session called the controversy in the lower house as not in the interest of the nation and asked the Senate chairman to meddle in the issue for finding an end to the deadlock and reactivate the legislative pillar.

They said the legislative pillar of the country was paralyzed after the inauguration of the 17th legislative term of the parliament as Wolesi Jirga still had no speaker and administrative board.

According to a number of Wolesi Jirga members, more than a hundred legislative documents had reached the house for approval as 15 ministries are still led by acting officials and need new ministers.

Fazal Hadi Muslimyar told today’s session of the upper house that rifts over the speaker vote in Wolesi Jirga had also affected functioning of the upper house.

He said except a few, the Meshrano Jirga did not add bills to its agenda after the inauguration of the parliament and the legislative part remained paralyzed.

About meddling in the controversy, he said, “I will try but I am not optimistic because the solution lies with Wolesi Jirga, but we are ready to provide advice.”

He said if Mir Rahman Rahmani was the winner of the speaker vote, then he should manage the Wolesi Jirga sessions otherwise he should not take hostage the lower house.

Talking to reporters, Rahmani, a lawmaker from Parwan province, today said that he was winner of the vote according to article 71 of internal duties principles of the parliament.

“I will not deviate from my position, lawmakers should see the law and accept internal duties principles,” he said.

However, a number of lawmakers stressed Rahmani did not receive 50 plus one vote and he was not a winner.

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