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Wolesi Jirga rejects female member of Supreme Court

Anisa Rasooli fails in gaining vote of confidence from Wolsi Jirga

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or Lower House of the Parliament on Wednesday approved appointment of the governor of Da Afghanistan Bank and a member of the high council of the Supreme Court but rejected the female member of council.

Khalillulah Seddiq was approved as governor of Da Afghanistan Bank with 100 votes out of 193 and Sayed Yusuf Haleem as member of the high council of the Supreme Court with 103 positive votes.

Anisa Rasooli could not become member of the high council. Eighty-eight votes were cast in her favor while 83 against her. Interestingly, 20 women MPs were absent from the Wednesday’s session who could have save her from the embarrassment.

Sayed Yusuf Haleem has bachelor degree in law and worked at different posts in the Ministry of Justice for the past thirty years.

Khalilullah Siddiq worked at different important positions in the banking sector of Afghanistan.

The secretary of Wolesi Jirga, Abdul Rauf Enami, said that 20 female MPs were absent to vote for Ms Rasooli.

Shukria Barekzai, a MP from Kabul, expressed sorrow over absence of the female members of the Wolesi Jirga, and said that it is regretful that a female pick for the high council of the apex court was rejected.

Chairing the session, the deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga, Zahir Qadir, asked the president to nominate another pick as member of the high council of the Supreme Court. It is worth to mention that 193 members were present in today’s session.

Commenting on rejection of the female member of the apex court, M. Nadeem Alizai, a political and security affairs analyst, said that Anisa Rasooli was ‘actually’ rejected by the female MPs, because they were not present in the session to support her. “How they can claim representing women in the parliament when they don’t vote for them? Their absence was mysterious and shattered different myths about women’s rights,” he said.

He said that there are brand names in the parliament when it comes to women legislators and TV talk shows on women’s rights.

“You will see few female lawmakers in almost all talk shows on different news channels when it comes to the serious issue of women’s rights. They claim to be their representative, but reality is very depressing and opposite. What they do is actually use media as a tool for fame to establish close contacts with donors and embassies and get funds,” he quipped.

Alizai said that their absence from the ‘important’ session has opened eyes of several people and raised many eyebrows as well.

He said that Wolesi Jirga could have set its course while approving Ms Anisa in its final days, because performance of the lawmakers mostly remained disappointing.

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