KABUL, Afghanistan – Lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) on Monday strongly criticized the First Lady Rula Ghani’s recent remarks, according to sources, saying her rhetoric against the parliament is unacceptable.
In a recent interview with Radio Azadi, the first lady said Afghan parliament has turned into a trading ground for votes, adding the denied acting ministers will continue their jobs regardless of MPs votes of confidence.
“Who are you to insult this nation? On behalf of this nation, from this forum I want to say that you are ignorant,” said MP Habiburrahman Pedram, critizcizing Rula Ghani’s statement, as TOLOnews quoted.
“Afghanistan has witnessed individual, family and ethnic repression. But the Afghan people never witnessed such a shameful government,” said MP Khalid Assad.
Meanwhile, a number of MPs exclaimed Rula Ghani is misusing her authority, attending official government meetings and interfering in appointments and/or dismissals of the nominees.
“Thieves have gathered and are plundering the budget of the nation, the minister who did not secure a vote of confidence is filling his pockets,” said MP Razia Mangal, according to report.
Earlier this month, the Afghan parliament approved candidates for six ministries and the chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), denying position for nominees of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Ministry of Information and Culture.