By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament, succeeded to elect a new speaker following rift on a controversial vote which stalled the process for almost 40 days.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in separate statement congratulated Rahmani and wished the new speaker best of luck in his new position.
The president hoped that the three forces of government could work together in line with the constitution and serve the people and development of the country.
Meanwhile the Chief Executive praised MPs decision for selecting new speaker through a democratic process, asking the lawmakers to start their main duties of monitoring government’s activities and law enforcement.
In the latest round of voting on Saturday, Mir Rahman Rahmani, an MP from Parwan, and Khan Mohammad Wardak, an MP from Wardak province, were competing for the seat where 245 lawmakers were present in the house to vote for them.
Based on the Saturday’s quorum, 123 votes were required for a winning candidate.
In this round, Rahmani got 136 votes and succeeded to be elected as the new speaker of the house.
His rival, Wardak, got 96 votes. Meanwhile, 2 votes were white, and 11 votes were announced invalid.