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Parliament Deadlock Shows No Sign of Breaking

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(Last Updated On: May 26, 2019)

The tensions over the election of the speaker of the Lower House of Parliament continued on Saturday with no breakthrough.

Tensions erupted after MPs divided over the selection of Mir Rahman Rahmani as the House Speaker. Rahmani’s rival MP Kamal Naser Osuli rejected to accept the election result.

In the election, Rahmani secured 123 votes of the 244 votes cast while Osuli got 55 votes. The interim speaker of the House announced Rahmani as the winner.

Following that tensions erupted between the followers of the two sides. A 27-member committee was formed to resolve the issue between the two sides.

Majority of the committee members endorsed Rahmani’s selection as the Parliament Speaker but 11 members of the committee refused to accept the committee decision.

On the latest developments, lawmakers close to Rahmani said the discussions have ended because Rahmani was elected as Parliament speaker by a majority of votes.

At the same time, a number of the lawmakers blasted some specific circles for benefiting from the tensions.

The lawmakers stressed that if the problem remains unsolved, they will hold their sessions out of the hall.

 “We are plagued by this situation as the parliament has been taken hostage; the people criticize us for this problem,” said Belqis Roshan, an MP from Farah province.

“We are representatives of our people and do not follow anyone. Whatever is going on in the parliament is just unacceptable,” said Shegufa Noorzai, an MP from Helmand.

Osuli’s supporters say that the controversial issues have remained unsolved and the Saturday session ended without any positive result.

 “The discussions have no result as the cases have remained unsolved,” said Mirwais Yasini, an MP from Nangarhar province.

MP Kamal Naser Osoli suggests that the voting over the only controversial vote should be held secretively.

“Sixteen members of the committee have decided that Rahman Rahmani is the winner of the election, and the remaining eleven members demanded that another voting should be held over the only controversial vote,” said Khan Mohammad Rezaee, an MP from Kabul.

On the other hand, 130 MPs have signed a letter confirming the selection of Rahmani, saying that based on the parliament’s regulation of internal affairs, the confirmations by 130 lawmakers act as a law.

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Senior Traffic Police official killed – Kapisa

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

An Afghan Traffic Police official was killed by unknown gunmen in Kapisa province on Monday, police confirmed.

Shayiq Shurish, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that Sayed Munir, head of Kapisa’s traffic department, was shot dead by unknown gunmen at around 8 a.m. Monday.

The incident has taken place in Qala-e-Sayed Khan village in Kapisa city, while Munir was on his way to his office, Shurish said.

He said the motives behind the attack yet to be determined, adding that police have begun investigations. 

So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Former Afghan goalkeeper dies of Coronavirus

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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2020)

Sadiq Ibrahimi, a former Afghanistan National Football Team’s goalkeeper, passed away on Sunday, his relatives confirmed.

According to his brother, Ibrahimi has died of the Coronavirus.

Ibrahimi was playing for the National Team between 2002 to 2007.

He played for Afghanistan in 2002 Asian competition in South Korea and showed well performance in matches against Bangladesh and Turkmenistan in 2005.

It comes as Ali Reza Ghorbani, a goalkeeper of the National Futsal Team of Afghanistan was also tested positive for COVID-19.

Ghorbani said that he is battling with the Coronavirus, “Corona knocked me down, take is serious.”

So far, 15,205 people in the country have been infected with the virus.

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Da Afghanistan Bank sees increase in gross reserves

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The gross domestic product (GDP) of the central bank of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Bank, has reached more than $9 billion for the first time.

Officials at the bank said that although the global aid to Afghanistan has declined, they have succeeded to increase the bank’s reserves.

Economists also underline that the central bank’s efforts will lure global funds.

The bank’s authority has stated that they have, for the first time, been able to increase the GDP to over $9 billion.

According to them, last year about AFN22 billion was deposited in the government reserves through investments in foreign financial institutions.

Although the Coronavirus pandemic has devalued Afghan currency against the dollar, the authority is pushing for effective programs to keep the value of the currency afloat, they said.

Welcoming the strengthening of the gross reserves of DAB, experts say that the central bank’s efforts would attract global funds for good.

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