(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News Report
KABUL: Tensions on the election of parliament speaker
entered its third day as members of new legislative organ failed to agree on a
On Sunday, two lawmakers Mir Rahman Rahmani and Kamal Naser
Osuli competed for the position as finalists. They secured 123 and 55 votes
respectively from 247 MPs present, Rahmani failed to gain the 50 per cent plus
one vote to become speaker, but was announced by the parliament's temporary
speaker as the winner. This caused severe reactions by Osuli and his
supporters, who accused the temporary speaker of taking bribe Rahmani.
A committee combined of lawmakers tried to resolve the
problem occurred just on the first day of the new parliament session, but
failed to convince the two sides.
'Mr. Rahmani's supporters argue that the votes in the box
are standard, thus he is the winner, while the opposition side says that 247
votes are the standard that Mr. Rahmani couldn't gain enough votes. This caused
scuffle,' said lawmaker Sayed Abdul Qayyoum Sajjadi, who was also member of the
Differences were followed by scuffle among the lawmakers and
security forces mediated to prevent physical encounters.
Farooq Wardak, state minister for parliament affairs, warned
that if the members of parliament couldn't reach agreement, lawful bodies would
'What happened yesterday in parliament is regrettable. We
expect them to expose the values as representatives of people who wisely voted
for them. We hope that respectful lawmakers not divide the great national house
by ethnic lines for their personal interests,' said Wardak.