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‘Ministerial nominees under pressure from MPs’

‘Ministerial nominees under pressure from MPs’

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Sep 27, 2020 - 16:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  Some Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon on Sunday accused a number of Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members of seeking a “deal’ with ministerial nominees over the vote of confidence.

Under the law, ministerial nominees are introduced by the president for a trust vote from the Wolesi Jirga but more than six months have passed since the new government took charge, but the government is yet to introduce the new nominees to the lower house for trust vote.

Abdul Latif Nehzatyar, a senator from eastern Nuristan province, said, “A bargaining is underway between the nominated ministers and lawmakers who are pressuring the nominees to appoint their preferred ones as acting officials in provinces.”

According to him, the ministerial nominees should not have been allowed to serve as caretakers until they received a vote of confidence, adding that the ministerial candidates were using government resources in their favor in order to gain the trust vote of confidence.

Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, first deputy chairman of the upper house, without going into details, said evidence showed some ministerial candidates were pressure from lawmakers.

He said, “Some documents show that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has carried out illegal actions under pressure from lawmakers, I cannot talk about it further, but I will provide details on this issue in next sessions.”

Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar did not say something directly about the issue but said appointments should be based on abilities and capacities.

Meanwhile, Sayed Azim Kaberzai, a member of the Wolesi Jirga, told media persons a number of lawmakers might be bargaining with the ministerial nominees, but a majority of MPs will vote in favor of the nominee on the basis of merit.

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