MPs Dismiss Another Minister, Bringing Total To Six In 3 Days


The Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Monday dismissed the minister of higher education, Farida Momand, bringing the total to six ministers fired in three days.

MPs summoned the Urban Development Minister Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, Higher Education Minister Farida Momand and Abdul Basir Anwar, the Minister of Justice, on Monday to report back on their development budget-spend for the year.

The ministers did not however arrive. This did not hinder MPs who still voted in their absence.

Both Naderi and Anwar survived the vote of confidence but Momand was dismissed.

On Sunday, MPs summoned the education minister, Asadullah Hanif Balkhi, the minister of transport and civil aviation, Mohammadullah Batash, and Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi.

They also failed to appear before parliament – where they too were supposed to give a report back on how much of their development budgets they had spent.

Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi received 68 votes in his favor but 131 against him and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Mohammadullah Batash got 51 votes of confidence and 142 against him. Both of them were dismissed.

But Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi with 85 votes of confidence and 112 votes against him survived.

The Afghan constitution gives parliament the power to sack ministers.

This comes after President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah met with a delegation from parliament on Saturday night where they asked the MPs to delay their impeachment process.

However, MPs failed to heed the request and went ahead with their vote of confidence Sunday despite the absence of the three ministers.

This cames after Saturday’s session where MPs dismissed three ministers after they failed to provide satisfactory reports on the spending of development budgets.

The ministers were Minister of Public Works Mahmood Baligh; Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled Nasreen Oryakhil, and Salahuddin Rabbani, the minister of foreign affairs.

Parliament announced last week that it would summon ministers from Saturday over their failure to spend their development budgets.

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