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Chaos in Afghan Parliament; Session Ends in Vain

(Last Updated On: October 25, 2017)

The Lower House of Parliament Wednesday session ended without any result after a member of parliament tried to physically assault another colleague.

An Afghan parliamentarian accused Parliament Deputy Speaker, Hamayoun Hamayoun, that he has searched the parliament TV studio during the night by misusing his authorities.

“The parliament has lost its safety. Last night at 11pm the House was searched by deputy speaker and MP Lali. They have given money to some employees,” claimed lawmaker Gul Pacha Majeedi.

But Mr. Hamayoun refused the allegations, saying the TV broadcasting was disrupted by the order the parliament secretariat and he went to the studio for that reason.

“I went to the Wolesi Jirga (the lower house of parliament) TV at 11pm after the broadcasting stopped, but no illegal action happened,” he said,” nothing was picked up from the archive and no money was distributed.”

MP Lali who was accused of distributing money tried to physically assault MP Majeedi, who is representing people of Kabul, but some representatives intervened.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers harshly criticized the accusations and violence broke out in the House, saying we cannot accept disrespect to the “Nation House” anymore.

“Disrespecting is not tolerable anymore. They are playing with our dignity every day. Those who are having internal issues must solve their problems as soon as possible and should not play with the nation’s House dignity anymore,” MP Abdul Qayoum representing Ghazni province said.

This comes as earlier MP Hamayoun accused the parliament’s speaker, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, and the head of parliament secretariat, Khodai Nazar Nusrat for being corrupt. Today, some lawmakers urged the parliament’s speaker and deputy speaker to step down.

By Hesamuddin Hesam & Rafi Sediqi

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