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UPDATED: 10:05, March 26, 2006
Afghan National Assembly disagrees with President's nominees for new cabinet
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Members of Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga or National Assembly on Saturday showed their disagree with the nominees for the new cabinet and called on government to send their biographies first.

"We have no place for senior minister in the constitution as the constitution recognizes President, Vice President and Ministers," a parliamentarian Mohammad Asim observed.

President Hamid Karzai in a list presented to the Wolesi Jirga last week introduced 25 old and new faces including a woman for his new cabinet.

The President in his list taped the sitting Commerce Minister Hadayat Amin Arsallah as senior Minister, which means the minister at large, while no post has been taken into consideration for the incumbent foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah.

"The share of women in the new cabinet is too low for them to play an effective role in strengthening women' right in society. Our demand is to give more share for women in the cabinet and in judiciary," a female MP (member of parliament) Rahillah Salim told the house.

Backing the demand, speaker of the house Mohammad Yunus Qanooni nodded the suggestion by saying, "Women' role really is dim in the new proposed cabinet."

Some law makers also termed the 25 ministries as unnecessary and demanded its trimming.

"No need to have such more ministries, some of them should be merged with others and thus save the money for national rebuilding process," MP Zazi proposed.

Though differences of opinions among the delegates were evident over the approval of the proposed list of the new cabinet members, the MPs were unanimous over the study of biographies of all the nominees prior to giving vote of confidence.

"The government has to send the biographies of all the nominees for ministries to the Wolesi Jirga for discussion," Qanooni noted.

Another MP, Mohammad Ramazan Bashardost, said that parliamentarians instead of sidelining the subject should use their constitutional rights and approving the nominees.

"Keeping in mind the nominees' past performances we have to endorse or reject the candidates for ministries," Bashardost noted.

Speaker of the house Qanooni objected his notion and said any nominees should be thoroughly scrutinized prior to vote of confidence.

Qanooni also rejected any deal with the government.

"I have made no compromise with the government and became aware about the list of new cabinet members through media last week," Qanooni stressed.

The house would resume its debate over the approval of would-be ministers on next Monday.

As per the law approved by the legislators last month each nominee should get vote of confidence from the house before assuming his ministry.

Source: Xinhua


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