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Amendment enables acting ministers to run ministries for over 2-month

AT-KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) of the parliament on Saturday approved the proposed changes by the president in the law regarding caretaker ministries and state organizations. The changes brought about in the law enable an acting minister to be remain in the office for more than two months until a minister replaces him/her, said the Deputy of the Central Audit Committee (CAC) of the Wolesi Jirga, Assadullah Saadati. Before the approval of the changes, the acting ministers were allowed to work only a period of two months. Moreover, based on the Article 64 of the Constitution other state officials who don’t need to get vote of confidence from the lawmakers were also not allowed to work in offices for more than two months in caretaker capacity. The matter was keep changing the acting minister and acting governors after the interval of two months was quite an irksome job in case of non-availability of qualified ministers and governors therefore the government had to bring about the amendment. “Now the government has been asked to nominate ministers within ten days,” Saadati said.

He added that in case the parliament doesn’t approve a minister-designate or there comes recess of the parliament then under a presidential decree acting ministers must run their ministries until the minister is approved. The Deputy of CAC said that acting deputy ministers, acting governors, acting chiefs, and some other officials including diplomats who don’t need to get vote of confidence from the parliament cannot work as caretakers for more than two months, said  deputy of CAC. The law on caretaker setup is consisted of eights articles and one chapter.

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