Defense, Interior Ministers fail to win vote of confidence
Mon Aug 06, 9:21 am
Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Afghan Parliament, on Saturday dismissed the defense and interior ministers from their seats.
Both the ministers were summoned to the Wolesi Jirga regarding the issues of cross-border missiles attacks, increasing insecurity, and widespread corruption in the ministries.
After listening to the answers of ministers, the members of Wolesi Jirga disqualified both of them in a voting process.
148 votes were cast against the Defense Minister, Abdul Rahim Wardak, and 126 against the interior minister, Besmillah Muhammadi, from a total of 228 present members.
After disqualifying the ministers, the speaker of Wolesi Jirga urged President Karzai to introduce nominees for a vote of confidence to the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Palace in a statement has said that the Wolesi Jirga under the article 92 of the constitution has the authority to disqualify the ministers.
President Karzai said he will announce the presidential decision regarding the dismissed ministers after National Security Council (NSC) meeting will be held on Sunday.
Last week the NDS chief and the foreign affairs minister were also summoned to the House of Representatives but their answers were satisfactory to the House members.