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Special Committee Endorses Rahmani’s Selection

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(Last Updated On: May 22, 2019)

The 27-member committee on Wednesday endorsed Mir Rahman Rahmani selection as the Parliament Speaker after assessing the votes cast.

The majority of the committee members said that votes recounting have revealed that the only controversial vote was valid and Mr. Rahmani has secured the fifty percent plus one vote.

“After recounting the archived votes, it was revealed that Rahmani has secured 124 votes, Osuli has secured 55 votes, 54 votes were invalid, and 13 votes were blank. A total of 246 votes were in the ballot boxes so Rahmani has won the election with 124 votes,” said Ghulam Hussain Nasseri, an MP from Kabul.

However, eleven members of the committee opposed the move; therefore, the final decision was decided to be made in a general session of the lower house of parliament.

“The decision regarding the invalid votes should be made in the general session of the House based on the assessments, procedures, and MPs commitment,” said Mirwais Yasini, an MP from eastern Nangarhar province.

At the same time, the parliament interim speaker reiterated that he has announced Rahmani as the winner based on the regulation of the parliament’s internal affairs.

“In accordance with article 72 of the regulation of the parliament’s internal affairs we made our decision. It is clearly stated in article 72 that the decision should be made based on the votes cast,” said Ata Mohammad Dehqanpoor, former interim speaker of the parliament.

This comes as the parliament descended into chaos on Sunday when lawmakers brawled over the appointment of a new speaker, an inauspicious start to the assembly which was sitting for the first time since chaotic elections last year.

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Pentagon offers payment to families of victims of botched drone strike

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The Pentagon has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched U.S. drone attack in Afghanistan in August in the final days before American troops withdrew from the country.

The U.S. Defense Department said it made a commitment that included offering ex-gratia condolence payments, in addition to working with the U.S. State Department in support of the family members who were interested in relocation to the United States.

The Pentagon had said the strike targeted an Islamic State (Daesh) suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops as they completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The intelligence failure raised hard questions about future risks, particularly whether the United States can keep track of threats from Afghanistan without a presence in the country.

The confirmation of civilian deaths provided further fuel to critics of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal, which generated the biggest foreign policy crisis yet for President Joe Biden’s administration.

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NASA probe will study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

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NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission on Saturday to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system’s outer planets. Matthew Larotonda reports.
 
NASA launched a new space probe on Saturday (October 16) morning in a special 12-year mission designed to visit more asteroids than ever before.

It focuses on the Trojan asteroids, which are two large clumps of space rocks orbiting the sun. One floats ahead of Jupiter and the other behind it.

Scientists believe the rocks are leftovers from the formation of our solar system.

The probe is called “Lucy” and NASA hopes it will help us learn more about our solar system’s history.

The asteroids are also rich in carbon compounds, and may provide insights into organic materials and life on Earth.

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Turkey could run Kabul airport, says Erdogan

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Having previously run Kabul airport, Turkey can take similar steps in the future with Qatar and Afghanistan if the three countries reach a deal, the Turkish president said on Friday.

“So far, we have had a lot of effort in Afghanistan’s infrastructure and superstructure … We were operating the Kabul Airport. In the future, if agreements can be reached, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, we can take such steps,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters.

About the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s recent visit to Turkey, Erdogan said the group asked for humanitarian aid and “made requests concerning the functionality of new process in Afghanistan.”

Erdogan vowed to provide “all manner of support” to the Afghan people as long as the interim administration “takes a just stance in protecting the rights of the Afghan people.”

He said the IEA should also take a fair stance in their relations with Turkey.

An IEA delegation visited Turkey on Thursday to discuss bilateral issues, as well as cooperation on the future of Afghanistan.

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