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MPs urge gov’t to introduce cabinet members for vote of confidence

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(Last Updated On: June 22, 2020)

The Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) asked the government to introduce ministerial nominees to the House for a vote of confidence.

A number of lawmakers say that the government must end having acting ministers in the cabinet.

“We need a strong government and cabinet to prevent conspiracies, and by obeying the constitution, the candidates for ministries must be nominated to parliament, and we will not vote for dual-national ministers,” said MP Nilofar Ebrahimi.

Meanwhile, MP Sayed Zahir Masroor said that the government should nominate new figures for the ministries instead of those who were rejected by the parliament. 

“Candidates for ministries who do not receive a vote of confidence do not have the right to be elected, and the government should nominate new ministers and not create more challenges,” Masroor said.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives emphasizes that the House will decide decisively against the candidate for ministers.

Mir Rahman Rahmani, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said: “As for the nomination of ministers, the Wolesi Jirga will vote on the specialty of the profession, and the House of Nation will not vote for the ministers blindly, and if the candidates do not receive a vote, they have no right to continue as acting ministers, as this is the president’s commitment.”

However, members of the House of Representatives emphasize that the government is incapable of regulating the cabinet, and most government ministries have been run by acting ministers for several years, which has had a detrimental effect on the governance situation.

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Bayat Foundation in Ghazni to help needy families

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The Bayat Foundation continues to help vulnerable families across Afghanistan and this week distributed hundreds of food parcels to people in central Ghazni province.

The foundation’s officials said they had so far distributed essential food supplies to deserving people in Herat, Balkh, Khost, Kunduz, Kandahar, and Bamiyan provinces.

Haji Mohammad Ismail, deputy head of the Bayat Foundation, stated: “Through its continued assistance, the Bayat Foundation was in Ghazni [to distribute aid] and further assistance will be distributed in other provinces soon.”

The foundation said it will do its best to reach vulnerable families during winter.

Grateful recipients of the food aid thanked the Bayat Foundation and said the packages were badly needed.

“We are thankful to the Bayat Foundation that provided us with foodstuff such are flour, rice, and oil and we call for further assistance,” one of the recipients said.

Another recipient added: “I am pleased that the Bayat Foundation is helping needy people during this cold winter.”

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UN seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots including Afghanistan

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The United Nations appealed on Thursday for $41 billion to provide life-saving assistance next year to a record 183 million people worldwide caught up in conflict and poverty, led by a tripling of its programme in Afghanistan.

Famine remains a “terrifying prospect” for 45 million people living in 43 countries, as extreme weather caused by climate change reduces food supplies, it said in the annual appeal reflecting a 17% rise in annual funding needs.

“The drivers of needs are ones which are familiar to all of us. Tragically, it includes protracted conflicts, political instability, failing economies… the climate crisis, not a new crisis, but one which urges more attention and of course the Covid-19 pandemic,” UN aid chief Martin Griffiths told a news briefing on Wednesday.

In a report to donors, the world body said: “Without sustained and immediate action, 2022 could be catastrophic.”

Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan are the five major crises requiring the most funding, topped by $4.5 billion sought for Afghanistan where “needs are skyrocketing”, it said.

In Afghanistan, more than 24 million people require life-saving assistance to prevent catastrophe, a dramatic increase driven by political tumult, repeated economic shocks, and the severe food insecurity caused by the worst drought in 27 years, Reuters reported.

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Four wounded in Kabul blast

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The Emergency Hospital in Kabul has confirmed four people were wounded in an IED explosion in Salim Karwan square in PD4 around midday Thursday.

The Emergency Hospital said in a tweet that the injured were taken to the hospital from the scene of the explosion.

The hospital said a child was among the injured adding the incident was caused by a magnetic IED attached to a vehicle.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti, however, said the incident was caused by an IED placed in a pot. He also claimed that there were no casualties in the blast.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two days ago, Kabul witnessed another explosion. The blast, which targeted an IEA vehicle, wounded five people, including members of the IEA.

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