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Water Energy Minister Survives MP’s Summons

Water Energy Minister Survives MP’s Summons

KABUL - The minister of water and energy, Ali Ahmad Osmani, on Monday was able to get Parliament’s vote of confidence and remained in his position.
Osamani was summoned to parliament for spending less than 60% of the budget and allegations of illegal hiring in the ministry. He, however, convinced the MPs and got a vote of confidence.
Osmani got 124 votes of confidence, 36 votes of rejection, six invalid votes and one blank vote.
Legislators in Afghanistan’s parliament wanted to impeach Osmani for his poor performance in the construction of dams and his failure to achieve the spending targets of the 2016 fiscal budget.
On Sunday other lawmakers opposed the impeachment and accused their colleagues of conspiring against Osmani after he refused to accept their illegal demands.
MPs who insisted on the impeachment, argue that the spending of less than 60 percent of the budget and poor performance in the construction of dams were among key reasons that the lawmakers decided to call the minister.
“The first reason for impeachment relates to the unspent budget allocation as he has failed to meet the index which had been determined by the parliament. The second reason is the lack of work in the construction of the dams which has angered the representatives of the people,” said Mohammad Nazir Ahmadzai one of the MPs.
Other lawmakers say that certain circles in the parliament have conspired the plot against the minister.
“There are certain circles which are trying to create a conspiracy, especially the mafia groups which have not been able to work because their contracts have been annulled by the presidential palace,” said another MP Ghulam Farooq Majroh. (Tolonews)