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First Lady accuses lawmakers of corruption

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KABUL: First Lady Rula Ghani accused the parliament of being involved in corruption, saying that the house has turned into a ‘market for selling and purchasing votes’.

“Wolesi Jirga (lower house) should respectfully discuss and try to know the core of the issues,” she said in an interview with the Radio Liberty.  “But it is a market for selling and purchasing votes to approve or reject someone.”

She cited the remarks after the parliament rejected a number of ministerial nominees, whom the lawmakers said, were not eligible for the position. 

Hujatullah Khriadman, a member of the parliament denied allegations over corruption in the parliament.

“Among the nominees, there were a number of ministers who are not rich but they were all approved,” he said. “If the approval was based on money, they would be not selected.”

The lawmakers had earlier accused the presidential palace of committing corruption after the Itelaat-e-Roz, a daily newspaper revealed some reports of fraud committed by the President Ashraf Ghani’s administration.

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