Weekly Monitoring Report of Wolesi Jirga 10th Dec – 15th Dec, 2016

June 1, 2017

Parliament Orders Dismissed Ministers to Stop Working

Parliament’s administrative committee on Monday said the seven ministers dismissed by MPs recently must stop work immediately. Abdul Raouf Anami, the committee’s secretary, said government’s decision to refer the matter to the Supreme Court for interpretation is interfering with the authority of parliament. “The article does need further interpretation. Parliament authority cannot be decreased or increased based on interpretations. When ministers are dismissed, they cannot continue as acting even for one day,” he said. One month ago, lawmakers dismissed seven ministers over under-spending of their development budget after a vote of no confidence. Government however referred the matter to the Supreme Court to interpret article 92 of the constitution – which relates to the dismissal of ministers by parliament. But the Supreme Court has not yet ruled and the ministers have continued to work, albeit in an acting minister capacity. “Government is waiting for the Supreme Court to share the interpretation of article 92 of the constitution. Any interpretation that is released by the court is valid for government,” said Jawed Faisal, the CEO’s deputy spokesman. According to law, a minister cannot work as an acting minister for more than two months. “The interpretation that government expects to hear from the court is more a political interpretation than a legal interpretation,” said Ainuddin, deputy head of Afghanistan’s Lawyer Union.

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