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Lawmakers uncaring on key issues as brawl to elect speaker continues

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KABUL: After physical dispute among a large number of lawmakers over electing the speaker of parliament, some of them has become undisciplined and do not held discussion over important issues since past two days of this week.

A member of the parliament, Habib RahmanPedram said Sunday that majority of the lawmakers busy with talking toeach other’s. “Today and yesterday’s circumstance is quiet and calm compare to last week, but unfortunately no united agenda has been formed, the lawmakers are busy talking to each other’s, this is unacceptable,” he said.

Meanwhile, a parliamentarian,NooriaHamidi said lawmakers should concentrate and focus on resolving the ongoing brawland come to an agreement to elect their speaker.

This is as Maryam Sama, a female member of the Wolesi Jirga, said at least 102 members of the Jirga demanded for the next round of election, between new candidates.

On 19thJune, the verbal dispute among the supporters of Kamal Nasir Usuli, candidate for speaker of the parliament and his challenger Mir Rahman Rahmani, lead to physicalviolence after they were unable to reach an agreement in regards.

Furthermore, the chaos happened on May 23rd when the lawmakers divided over electing one of them.Osuli and Rahmani, who were competing for occupying the speaker post, could not secure enough votes from their colleagues. Rahmani gained 124 votes and his challenger Osuli was voted with 55. But later on, it was found out that one of Rahmani’s votes was invalidated because of having a dot on it, which was not acceptable for his challenger Osuli.

However, HamidullahTokhi, a member of the Wolesi Jirga told reporters that likely a delegation of 25-membercould end this uncertainty. “Disagreement is about the one vote, which had a dot on it, I hope the appointed delegation resolved the problem,” he said, adding,“people among the delegation are peaceful, I hope both sides accept their decision.”

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