Sun, Sep

Parliament Begins Review of Cabinet Nominees' Credentials


member-parliamentThree parliamentary commissions have begun assessing the nomination documents of the 16 cabinet nominees and are expected to finish by next week, the Higher Education Commission reported on Friday.

Khalil Ahmad Shaheedzada, a member of the Higher Education Commission, told TOLOnews that there are some nominees who have dual citizenship and the commission has asked for assistance from the Ministries of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption for verification.

"When we review the answers to our letters, we will match them with the documents that we have, and if they were ok, we will share it with the administrative board to fix a date for introducing the nominees for a vote," Shaheedzada said.

Parliament's Administrative Board has said that the nominees will present their policy plans to MPs after their credentials are reviewed, likely early next week.

Meanwhile, members of the International Relations Commission of Parliament have maintained that none of the nominees have dual citizenship. They specified that Sayed Mansour Sadat Nadiri, who is nominated as Minister of Urban Development, has already claimed to have relinquished his dual citizenship.

"According to our information, there are no nominees that have dual citizenship and those who had dual citizenship have withdrawn them," head of the commission Mohammad Omar Nangyalai said. He added that, "the final information will clear in one or two days after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds" to the commission's questions.

President Ashraf Ghani has reportedly assured the Administrative Board that he will introduce nominees for the Ministry of Defense and Attorney General's Office soon. There remain no updates about the nominees for the Central Bank and Supreme Court.