The new lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, on Saturday elected Mir Rahman Rahmani as the new speaker of the house.
Rahmani, an MP from Parwan, is a former military general who has completed his studies in Russia in 1982.
The second round of the voting for the election of the Wolesi Jirga speaker was held on Saturday in which Rahmani got 123 votes and his close competitor Kamal Nasir Osuli, an MP from Paktia, got 55 votes.
Some MPs opposed the decision to announce Rahmani as speaker of the house as they said that he has not received the required votes for the post.
In the first round of the voting on May 16, four MPs, including Mir Rahman Rahmani, Kamal Naser Osuli, Mirwais Yasini, and Omar Nasir Mujadadedi were competing for securing the seat of the house speaker, in which Rahmani and Osuli got the highest votes and succeeded to enter the next round.
In the first round, Rahmani got 75 votes, Osuli 69 votes, Yasini 59 and Mujaddedi got seven votes.
Meanwhile, Osuli accused the Wolesi Jirga’s acting speaker Atta Mohammad Dehqanpoor of taking money from Rahmani for making the announcement.
“The speaker announced that the present MPs are 247 and the winner need 124 votes. Then he went to the hall and got one million dollars and came back and announced that Rahmani has been elected as the speaker of the house,” Osuli said.
Dehqanpoor rejected the claim and said Rahmani was elected as speaker based on a transparent election.
“There were 244 voters of whom three MPs were absent and did not vote. Therefore, we counted the number of those voted and based on this calculation, the winner needed just 123 votes,” Dehqanpoor said.
Rahmani, meanwhile, promised to defend the house’s reputation.
“I promise you to defend from your votes, from the house’s reputation and from the Afghan people desires,” Rahmani said.