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Top Candidates to Vie for WJ Secretary, Deputy Slots

Top Candidates to  Vie for WJ Secretary, Deputy Slots

KABUL - No candidate on Saturday managed to secure the Wolesi Jirga secretary and deputy secretary posts and now there will be fresh election among top candidates.
After months of confrontation and disputes over the speaker position, Mir Rahman Rahmani was elected as speaker and head of the Wolesi Jirga for its 17th legislative term.
Amir Khan Yar was elected as first deputy speaker with 131 votes while Ahmad Shah Ramazan was elected as second deputy speaker with 119 votes.
Today (Saturday) Mirdad Najrabi, a lawmaker from Kapisa province, Abdul Rauf Enami, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province, Zahra Noorzai, a lawmaker from Kabul, Karim Atal from Helmand and AzizullahUlfati from Jawzjan province contested the election for secretary post.
A successful candidate was required to collect 109 votes from the 217 lawmakers present at the house.
Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said tomorrow there would be a fresh polling between two leading candidates Karim Atal and Abdul Rafu Enami for the secretary position.
For deputy secretary position, Javid Sapi, a lawmaker from Kunar, Abdul Naseer Farahi from Farah and Nilofar Jalali from Kunduz contested the election but none was able to get the required votes.
There would be fresh elections between leading candidates Sapi and Nelofar to decide the winner, said Rahmani. (Pajhwok)