Afghanistan Parliament Elects House Speaker

Afghan lawmakers Sunday made it to elect head of the Afghan House of Representatives.

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, (Uzbek Turks ethnic group) a fellow candidate from South Turkistan (northern Afghanistan)  Kunduz province, swept majority of votes in the parliament and won house speaker seat after more than a month of stalemate in the house.

Hours after Mr Ibrahimi won the seat; President Karzai’s Offices in a statement congratulated him for his new position.

Mr Ibrahimi sweeping 169 votes in the parliament could make it up to 50+1.

Around 173 parliamentarians were taking part in Saturday’s vote which was held transparently.

Parliament stalemate on house speaker lasted for more than a month ended after Mr Ibrahimi was elected to fill the seat.

The newly elected house speaker pledged to protect Afghan national interests in the best way possible.

“I really appreciate that you have trusted me to hold this crucial seat,” he said.

“I want to offer my deepest congratulations on winning the votes and confidence of parliamentarians,” said Mohammad Yunus Qanuni, former head of the parliament.

Mr Ibrahimi said next day the parliament will vote for deputy house speakers and secretaries.


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