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Afghanistan Cabinet: Minister-Designates Stuck in Limbo

It has been over two weeks since Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani officially presented his Cabinet nominations to the Parliament; nonetheless, the fate of minister-designates remains unclear, with the country’s lawmakers still not passing their vote of confidence.

Mohammad Fasih Mutawakel
1 Nov 2020
Afghanistan Cabinet: Minister-Designates Stuck in Limbo

Under the provisions of the Afghan Lower House (Wolesi Jirga)’s Principles of Internal Duties, Article 76, the lawmakers should have reviewed the documents belonging to the minister-designates’ within four days, but it has not taken place yet.

Afghanistan’s Union of Lawyers, meanwhile, says the Parliament has violated its own provisions.

Wahidullah Farzaiee, a member of the union, says that lingering over reviewing the documents of the cabinet nominees is inconsistent with the Parliament’s provisions of the Principles of Internal Duties made by its members.

Ramazan Bashardost, a member of the Afghan Parliament, however, claims that half of the candidates’ documents have not yet got off to the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House).

The major part of the mess is related to the parliamentary commissions that have not yet mulled over the documents and then to decide, MP Bashardost continues.

Political experts, nevertheless, believe that both the government and members of the Lower House are trying to put off finalizing the cabinet in a bid to fertilize the ground for corruption.

Bashir Bezhan, a political analyst, says the government as well as the Parliament are exploiting the flow for political gains.

“Acting ministers” is nothing new in Afghanistan. The Afghan nation has constantly been witnessing the similar situation in the previous five years of the National Unity Government (NUG) too.

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