The Afghan parliament on Wednesday approved three ministers and rejected two ministerial nominees--for Ministry of Education and Rural Rehabilitation and Development-- and also did not confirm the head of the Central Bank.
In Wednesday’s session, 242 out of 248 lawmakers were present and each nominee needed 122 votes to be approved.
Ahmad Jawad Osmani was approved as minister of Public Health with 145 votes in favor, Mohibullah Samim as minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs with 209 votes, and Karima Hamid Faryabi as minister of Economy with 136 votes.
The MPs voted out Rangina Hamidi as minister of Education, with 114 voting in favor, Mujib Rahman Karimi as minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, with 118 votes in favor, and Ajmal Ahmadi, head of the Central Bank, who received 72 votes in favor.
On Monday, the MPs approved six ministers and the chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and voted against the confirmation of the nominees for the Ministry of Women's Affairs and Ministry of Information and Culture.
The MPs on Monday approved Ahmad Zia Saraj as the head of the NDS, Haroon Chakhansuri as minister of Mines and Petroleum, Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi as minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Noor Rahman Akhlaqi as minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Qudratullah Zaki as minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Mahmud Karzai as minister of Urban Development and Housing and Najibullah Yamin as minister of Public Works.
Tahir Zuhair, the nominee for the Ministry of Information and Culture and Hasina Safi, nominee for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, were rejected.
On Wednesday, the parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani asked President Ashraf Ghani to introduce two new nominees for the rejected ministries.