Lawmakers Scuffle Over Disputed Speaker’s Function in Afghan Parliament

KABUL, Afghanistan — A bunch of lawmakers, lots of them ladies, blocked the Afghan Parliament’s newly appointed speaker from taking his seat on Sunday, and safety forces have been dispatched after a scuffle broke out.

Members of Parliament on Saturday picked Mir Rahman Rahmani, a businessman and former army officer, for the position of speaker regardless of his simply failing to win the variety of votes wanted to take the job.

The turmoil got here only a few days after the newly elected Parliament began its first session on Thursday. The election in October was delayed by greater than three years and was tormented by vote-rigging and bribery. The outcomes, lastly introduced final month, have been alleged to have been issued inside weeks of the election. Nevertheless it was solely on Tuesday that representatives have been confirmed for the final open parliamentary seats for Kabul, the capital.

The conflict over Mr. Rahmani’s legitimacy as speaker was televised and shortly unfold to social media. Parliamentary members cursed at each other from throughout the principle corridor of the not too long ago accomplished parliamentary constructing, a multimillion-dollar construction donated by India. Mr. Rahmani’s rival, Kamal Naser Osuli, sat within the speaker’s chair, saying that he was the rightful holder of the place. One lawmaker, Zal Mohammad Zalmay, rushed at Mr. Osuli whereas wielding the speaker’s gavel.

However those that voiced the loudest opposition have been greater than a dozen ladies who fashioned a barricade across the speaker’s chair, chanting that they needed an interim candidate.

“I’m not supporting Osuli or Rahmani,” Maryam Sama, a member of Parliament from Kabul, wrote on her Fb web page. “I protested to point out that I’m not within the Parliament to get wealthy or to help an ethnic group. With respect to each these colleagues, the Afghan Parliament might have a greater speaker.”

Mariam Sulaimankhail, a lawmaker who represents the Kochi tribal neighborhood, posted on her Twitter account: “It’s not about Osuli nor Rahmani! It’s in regards to the regulation, I’ll all the time be on the regulation’s aspect.”

The debacle is basically the results of three members of Parliament’s not submitting votes regardless of being current on Saturday. Mr. Rahmani acquired 123 votes; his rival, Mr. Osuli, 55. Mr. Rahmani was introduced because the winner regardless of not having the required 124 votes from the 247 members attending. The non permanent speaker, Atta Mohammad Dehqanpor, stated solely 244 votes had been submitted.

In response to the deadlock, 15 members of Parliament have been picked as a committee to attempt to resolve the issue and probably sway the lawmakers who had rejected Mr. Rahmani as speaker, in response to Khodadad Erfani, a fellow lawmaker.

“Rahmani received 50 %, plus one, of all votes, and he’s the speaker, however the committee will resolve the dispute based mostly on ideas advised by the regulation,” Mr. Erfani stated.

On the identical time, Afghanistan’s legal professional basic referred 191 election fraud-related circumstances on Sunday to the nation’s major courts, together with these of a dozen officers fired in February for tampering in October’s parliamentary elections.

The Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has pushed for a powerful central authorities in Kabul to barter with the Taliban. The militant group has been concerned in peace discussions with the US for months, however the Taliban management has refused to talk to the Afghan authorities.

The approaching Afghan presidential election, scheduled for July, has been pushed again to September due to issues with the voting course of.

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