Parliament Rejects Afghanistan's First Female Supreme Court Nominee

The Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Wednesday rejected Anisa Rassouli as the first female member of the Supreme Court’s High Council in the country’s recent history. 

Rassouli got 88 votes in her favor as she required 94 votes to get approved as a senior judge in the Supreme Court.

She was introduced to the Parliament about two weeks ago after President Ashraf Ghani during last year’s election campaign promised to appoint a female judge to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Parliament approved Khalilullah Sediq as the governor of Central Bank and Sayed Yousuf Halim as a member of Supreme Court.

Sediq obtained 100 votes and Halim received 103 votes from a total of 187 MPs present at the voting day.

Earlier this week, the Wolesi Jirga also rejected Masoom Stanekzai as the minister of defense. He got only 84 votes out of 107 required. 

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