Lower House of Parliament Approves NDS Chief & 6 New Ministers

The Lower House of Parliament on Monday 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.

244 out of 248 lawmakers were present in today’s session at Parliament as they cast their votes for candidates. Each candidates needed 123 votes to be approved.
Ahmad Zia Saraj was approved as head of the National Directorate of Security with 220 votes in favor, Haroon Chakhansuri as minister of Mines and Petroleum with 154 votes in favor, Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi as minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock with 189 votes in favor, and Noor Rahman Akhlaqi as minister of Refugees and Repatriation with 165 votes in favor.

Meanwhile, Qudratullah Zaki as minister of Transport and Civil Aviation with 165 votes in favor, Mahmud Karzai as minister of Urban Development and Housing with 154 votes in favor, and Najibullah Yamin as Minister of Public Works with 149 votes in favor.

While, Tahir Zuhair, the nominee for the Ministry of Information and Culture, was denied confirmation having received only 78 votes in favor; and Hasina Safi, nominee for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, came up short with 119 votes and thus was not approved by the Afghan parliament.

The parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani has asked President Ghani to introduce two new nominees for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and of Information and Culture, respectively.

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