The House of Representatives said Tuesday that next Tuesday the government will introduce its nominee ministers to the Afghan parliament for a vote of confidence.
According to the First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, after reviewing the documents of candidates in the parliamentary committees, the MPs will decide about each in its general session.
The announcement comes seven months after the new government came into existence.
“If they [ministers] have a problem, they will be rejected directly from the parliamentary commission, and if they do not have any problem in their documents, a ballot box will be put in the hall and the MPs will vote for them,” said Mirza Mohammad Katawazi, the deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the Afghan parliament.
On Monday, the President's spokesman also announced that the nominee ministers would be sent to the parliament next week for a vote for confidence.
“We hope that for the sake of national interest, the Afghan parliament will vote in favor of the nominee ministers,” said Sediq Seddiqi, the presidential spokesman.
Members of parliament criticized the long-running tenures of acting ministers during a general session last week, and urged the parliament to accelerate the process to approve or reject the nominee ministers.
“We are ready to decide on the fate of the nominees and we will vote for the nominees based on their ability and merits,” said Atiq Ramin, MP.
The objective, according to Nahid Farid, MP, is “to select capable, worthy, clean and honest people for the cabinet so the cabinet can perform its main task, which is to serve the people."
Differences between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah over the division of some ministerial seats have been a major reasons for the delay in establishing the cabinet, say sources.