A Businessman Elected as Parliament Speaker
The new MPs in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, elected Mir Rahman Rahmani as the new speaker of the house. Rahmani received 123 votes during the second round of voting against the 55 votes casted in favour of Kamal Nasir Osoli. In the first round, Rahmani got 75 votes, Osuli 69 votes, Yasini 59 and Mujaddedi got seven votes. Both candidates failed to receive the required votes (124 votes) to be elected as the speaker of the Lower House. The announcement regarding the election of Rahmani as House speaker was made by the acting speaker Ata Mohamamd Dehqanpur, which is opposed by certain lawmakers in the Lower House. Osuli accused the Wolesi Jirga’s acting speaker Atta Mohammad Dehqanpur of taking money from Rahmani for making the announcement.
Son of Alhaj Qalandar Khan and brother of General Baba Jan, Alhaj Mir Rahman Rahmani is born in 1962 in Bagram District of Parwan Province. He is graduated from Bagram High School in 1979. After graduating from high school, Rahmani joined the military and was a commander in Bagram. He then studied at the Military University of Russia, and he earned a graduate in 1982. In the later years of his military career, he served as a General at a military base in Afghanistan. In 2002, he started his own business in the transportation sector. He was later appointed as head of the Parwan provincial Chamber of Commerce, a position he held from 2007 to 2010. (Pajhwok)
Government Closed an Iranian-affiliated bank in Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s Central Bank closed down Arian Bank, an Iranian affiliated bank, mostly conducting business transitions in Afghanistan, due to ‘failing to meet’ Afghan financial regulations. In April they closed Habib Bank from Pakistan for the same reason. The license for establishment of this bank was issued by Afghanistan’s Central Bank in 2004. According to Afghanistan Central bank, they have also fully taken over Afghanistan Commercial Bank after it went bankrupt in recent months.
The Presidential Election Calendar Handed over to Security officials
Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) said it has handed over the new presidential election calendar to security officials for considering its security. The presidential palace said the National Security Council discussed the protection of the upcoming presidential, provincial councils and Ghazni’s Parliamentary elections.
Last week the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has reversed its decision on the use of biometric system in the upcoming presidential elections amid harsh criticism by some candidates and critics. Lack of time and limited access to resources and the biometric technology were the reasons behind the decision, a document obtained by TOLOnews reveals. The use of the biometric system has been advised by the election law which faced an amendment in February. Electoral monitoring organizations called the decision in contravention of the election law.