MPs to Defense, Interior Ministers: Leave Now
Tue Aug 07, 2:48 pm
The House of Representatives on Monday opposed the decision of President Karzai to appoint Abdul Rahim Wardak and Besmillah Muhammadi as acting ministers.
The Wolesi Jirga, Lower House of the Parliament, on Saturday in a vote of no confidence disqualified defense and interior ministers on security issues. But later regarding this decision by Parliament, President Karzai directed that the cabinet ministers should remain in office as acting ministers.
The MPs in Monday’s session declared that President Karzai’s decision was contrary to law and asked him to respect the decisions of the House of Representatives.
They said that once the House of Representatives dismissed any minister, President Karzai did not have the authority to ignore the no-confidence vote and appoint them to resume their ministerial duties.
Wolesi Jirga speaker, Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, asked President Karzai to review the House’s decision and introduce new people for a vote of confidence to the House of Representatives.
The Presidential Palace said in a statement that the unseated ministers would continue in their respective offices temporarily and soon President Karzai would introduce qualified persons.
The MPs also demanded that the cases of corrupt persons should be submitted to the House of Representatives.
Earlier, a week ago National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Rahmatullah Nabil told the House that it has jurisdiction over the cases of 400 Afghan officials accused of graft and corruption.