Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:49 GMT

Afghanistan- Editorial: Starts with rifts

(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) No one could neglect importance's, credibility and
effectiveness of parliamentary and other democratic organs in the civilized
world. Such states and its people have achieved these institutions and made it
stable and acceptable after prolong efforts and rendering tremendous
sacrifices. Such people are well aware about weightages and effectiveness of
these institution. But the situation is different in under developed and
developing countries. In particular, the situation is seeming too much
disappointing in Afghanistan like country which is facing turmoil from last
four decades and its people have got a centralized authority only 17 years
back. Now they got third parliament, even with over eight months long delay in
results to polls held on October 18, 2018. The newly elected MP's embarked on
quarrels and tussles over election of Speaker.The lawmakers in the Wolesi
Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, divided over accepting the new
Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani who was declared winner after a voting session.Rahmani,
who was competing for the seat with MP Kamal Nasir Osuli, got 123 votes while
his opponent got 55 votes.But Osuli's supporters have reportedly refused
to ace the results on the grounds based on the last quorum, 123 votes were
needed for a winning candidate but the missing votes from the total 247 MPs
turned the process controversial. Following the rifts on the new speaker, some
footages, apparently captured by some lawmakers, were released on social media
showing angry MPs trying to stop the new speaker to take his seat.Other
footage showed that a group of female lawmakers occupying the speaker's seat
and calling for an interim speaker and re-election for the position.Known
politician and newly elected MP from Kabul Ramazan Bashardost said the
controversy in the parliament over the election of the new speaker can be
solved through legitimate ways, but he says the lawmakers 'are not willing to
address the issue through legal channels'. Later a 15- member committee was
formed for resolving of the issue but the dispute still persists.
Unfortunately, the imposed wars and external intrigues lead to divisions
amongst the people of Afghanistan in each and every sphere of life. The
prolonged wars also posed bad impacts on socio-politico structures and it badly
affected the well-established and popular Afghan traditions. The wars generated
new leaders and even its produced warlords are reluctant to give up. Just for
safeguarding their vested interests these war-produced 'influential' now bent
up on occupation of berths and seats in parliament, other democratic and
political groups and even in government organs. These people are least
interested in concerns, miseries and plights of common men who have been made
fed up by prolonged wars and conflicts in the motherland. These elements are
making huge investments on getting berths in institution even on elections
against the parliamentary seats, especially on its top slots. Instead of
quarrelling with each other's, the newly elected MP's must keep in mind sacrifices
rendered by over two thousand countrymen during the October election process.
On a single day only 600 violent acts occurred in the country. Instead of
racing for top and attractive slots, the MP's must realize their
responsibilities of pulling the country out of existing crises.


Afghanistan- Editorial: Starts with rifts

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