The defense nominee Masoom Stanekzai failed on Saturday to win a vote of confidence from the Parli
Parliament Rejects Stanekzai as Defense Minister
The defense nominee Masoom Stanekzai failed on Saturday to win a vote of confidence from the Parliament – as the key ministry is left abandoned for more than nine months.
Introduced last week to the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) by the Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, Stanekzai got 84 votes in favor when he required 107 votes to get approved as National Unity Government (NUG's) defense minister.
Before the voting started, Stanekzai presented his future action plan, which was proven unsatisfactory to a total of 213 MPs present at the session.
If approved, Stanekzai noted as part of his platform that he would consider advanced training for the security forces.
Saying that war was imposed on the Afghans, he called on the political figures and former Jihadi leaders to get unified to fight terrorism.
However after he was disapproved by the Parliament, the House Speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi asked the government to introduce another nominee for the key slot as what he said lack of leadership in the important ministry had added to the rapid-growing insecurity across the country.
Nominees for three other key posts introduced last week are expected to appear in the House in the coming days to present their programs.
Among those yet to get a vote of confidence from the Parliament is Khalilullah Sediq introduced as the head of the Central Bank, Anisa Rassouli and Sayed Yousuf Halim nominees for the Supreme Court.