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Speaker-related tensions dominate parliament for a month

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KABUL: Tensions in the newly-opened parliament is still a big problem with MPs mostly newcomers failing to elect a speaker.

A number of the parliamentarians said Monday that the government was meddling parliament affairs, while the executive power doesn’t have the rights to do so.

Lawmaker, Gholam Hossein Naseri said: “Based on the internal duty principles of the parliament, government has no right to interfere. Neither president’s office, nor the Supreme Court or chief executive office can interfere. The tensions in parliament must be resolved by the people’s representatives.”

The parliament was inaugurated in early April after a six-month delay in announcing the results of last October’s legislative elections. But the members of parliament since then, are busy in conflicts over electing speaker. Mir Rahman Rahmani and Kamal Naser Osuli, the two candidates for speaker accuse each other of corruption.

The electoral watchdogs are concerned about this issue, who call it “disappointing” in the parliament’s current situation.

“Our certain offer is that all the lawmakers hold an election and choose one person from each province as well as one from Kuchis (nomads) and one from Hindus. Then this 36-person team should make decision on the election of the speaker,” said Marwah Amini, a spokeswoman for the Fair and Free Electoral Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA).

She asked the MPs to avoid provoking ethnic and lingual issues.

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