Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 19, 2019 A fight broke out during the first session of Afghanistan’s new parliament after disagreement on the election of a speaker. Online video showed lawmakers fighting on May 19 over the seating of businessman Mir Rahman Rahmani as the speaker of the lower house of parliament, known as the
Tolo News: The new lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, on Saturday elected Mir Rahman Rahmani as the new speaker of the house. Rahmani, an MP from Parwan, is a former military general who has completed his studies in Russia in 1982. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: New lawmakers in the Afghan parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, on Thursday convened an extraordinary session to elect the house speaker and the administrative board but none of the four candidates got adequate votes to secure the seat. Their special session was held just a day after the Election Commission announced the final results of
1TV: Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission on Tuesday released final results of parliamentary elections in Kabul. Kabul is allotted 33 seats in the lower house of the parliament, called Wolesi Jirga, including 24 for men and nine for women. Click here to read more (external link). Related Afghan Parliament to elect Its Administrative Board Tomorrow Ghani Describes
1TV: Results of parliamentary election in Kabul will be announced this week, a source told 1TV on Sunday. According to the source, election commissions have finalized their investigation over Kabul vote and will take decision in coming days. The parliamentary vote, held on October 20 after months of delay, was marred by accusations of voter fraud,
Tolo News: The appointment of Abdul Qadir Zazai Watandost, a former MP and a parliamentary candidate from Kabul, as head of the secretariat of the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament, by President Ashraf Ghani has been criticized by a number of lawyers as they said it is in contravention of the country’s Constitution. Watandost’s appointment was announced in a decree by President Ghani’s office
Ariana: According to government officials, President Ashraf Ghani is expected to inaugurate the National Assembly in the upcoming week. However, electoral observers and experts criticize the decision of opening the National Assembly, saying the move will create a new crisis if the new parliament is opened before the announcement of the final result of parliamentary elections
Ariana: Documents obtained by Ariana News show that President Ashraf Ghani has meddled in October parliamentary elections in favor of a particular candidate. Based on the obtained documents, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission had asked the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to provide information about parliamentary candidates with criminal convictions. In between, AGO had declared Mirza Khan Katawazai
Ariana: After a half month winter break of the lawmakers, the president was expected to open the parliament’s 17th legislative term. But he has not yet inaugurated the house. The lawmakers said that parliament is the legislative part of a government and that it shouldn’t be closed, insisting the MPs are facing an uncertain fate. Click
Tolo News: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday apologized to the people for a delay in the announcement of preliminary results of parliamentary elections for Kabul province but said the results will be announced in the near future. The commission said bringing more transparency in the process was the reason for a delay in the announcement. Click here to read more (external link).