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Bribery Rampant in Parliament Appointments: MPs

Afghan lawmaker Abdulrahman Rahmani said Monday that his fellow MPs asked him to buy their vote in his bid to be head of the parliamentary complaints commission.

Rahmani said during Monday's parliamentary session that other lawmakers have experienced similar requests to be voted onto special parliamentary commissions.

"Corruption exists in the appointment of the head of the complaints commission. I was one of the candidates for the post and I have been asked for a bribe of $3000 [for a vote]. This action is very serious in the parliament," Abdulrahman Rahmani told the lower house.

MP Allah Gul Mujaheed said that there is document evidence of this abuse.

"Many parliament members are asking bribes to appoint people to the commissions. We have documents that those who are asking for bribes are those people who are calling themselves religious scholars," Mujaheed told the lawmakers.

Other parliamentary members who spoke in Monday's session stressed that until the lower house is not reformed from the inside, it will be difficult for it to fight the challenges which the country is facing, especially in terms of corruption.

Bribery Rampant in Parliament Appointments: MPs

Afghan lawmaker Abdulrahman Rahmani said Monday that his fellow MPs asked him to buy their vote in

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Afghan lawmaker Abdulrahman Rahmani said Monday that his fellow MPs asked him to buy their vote in his bid to be head of the parliamentary complaints commission.

Rahmani said during Monday's parliamentary session that other lawmakers have experienced similar requests to be voted onto special parliamentary commissions.

"Corruption exists in the appointment of the head of the complaints commission. I was one of the candidates for the post and I have been asked for a bribe of $3000 [for a vote]. This action is very serious in the parliament," Abdulrahman Rahmani told the lower house.

MP Allah Gul Mujaheed said that there is document evidence of this abuse.

"Many parliament members are asking bribes to appoint people to the commissions. We have documents that those who are asking for bribes are those people who are calling themselves religious scholars," Mujaheed told the lawmakers.

Other parliamentary members who spoke in Monday's session stressed that until the lower house is not reformed from the inside, it will be difficult for it to fight the challenges which the country is facing, especially in terms of corruption.

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