The speaker of Afghanistan’s parliament Mir Rahman Rahmani on Wednesday said that the transfer of authorities from some government institutions to the Administrative Office of the President (AOP) is against the law.
“The authorities of several ministries have been transferred to the Administrative Office of the President, it is totally against the law and needs to be prevented,” said parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani.
“The AOP has changed into the office of the prime minister, the interventions by the executive bodies inside the system need an oversight by the parliament,” said MP Arif Rahmani.
He also criticized the government for not introducing new candidates to replace caretaker ministers.
Some MPs meanwhile said that the government, by defying the rulings of parliament on the status of the fired ministers and constitution of jobs of the caretakers minister, has raised questions on the prestige of the parliament.
Several government entities are currently being run by caretakers. The institutions are the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Central Bank of Afghanistan.
“Whether he is the minister of education or governor of the Central Bank, they are suspended. Why doesn't the government introduce the ministers,” asked one lawmaker, Shahpor Hassanzoi.
“We should defend our decisions, even small departments are not abiding decisions of parliament,” said MP Sadiq Qaderi.
The parliament criticizes the government , but the legislative body itself has also been faced with such issues as an incomplete quorum. In today’s parliamentary session, over 100 members were absent from a total number of 249.
“When a lawmaker remains absent, then no one is allowed to talk on his behalf,” said MP Ibdaullah Mohammadi.