Breaking News: Innen- u. Verteidigunsminister abgewählt…


BREAKING NEWS: Rahim Wardak, afghanischer Verteidigungsminister und Innenminister Bismallah Khan Mohammadi sind vom afghanischen Parlament abgewählt worden. Eine erste Quelle dafür finde ich derzeit nur auf BBC pashto. Dazu noch eine Meldung aus einer Facebookgruppe „Afghanistan“:

„Members of Parliament dismissed the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Defense after summoning them to Parliament on Saturday. Bismillah Mohammad, the Interior Minister, was removed from his post after receiving 126 votes of no confidence while Abdul Rahim Wardak, the Defense Minister, received 146 votes of no confidence. The officials were summoned to respond to the lack response to cross-border shelling from Pakistan into Afghanistan’s eastern provinces of Kunar and Nooristan.“ Wer noch weitere Meldungen findet, bitte hier als Kommentar posten. Danke. Das, was ich hier zusammengetragen habe, ist Stand, Samstag, 4. August, 15:26 Uhr. Ich weiß noch nicht, wann ich wieder aktualisieren kann. Abdul Rahim Wardak, abgewählter Verteidigungsminister Bismallah Mohammadi, abgewählter Innenminister

Die Biografie von Bismallah Khan Mohammadi finden Sie hier. Und die von Rahim Wardak hier. meldet gerade:

„The vote demanded the dismissal of two of Karzai’s key security lieutenants: Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, one of the top Afghan officials most trusted by Washington, and Interior Minister Bismullah Mohammadi. Legislators faulted them for the government’s failure to respond to cross-border attacks from Pakistan that they blamed on that country’s military.

The parliamentarians also asked the ministers about allegations of corruption within their ministries and alleged security lapses that led to recent assassinations of top officials.

The parliament then passed a measure to remove Wardak by a vote of 146 to 72. A separate vote of no-confidence on Mohammadi passed 126 to 90. Both measures need 124 votes to pass.

„Both ministers are disqualified from their positions and we request His Excellency President Karzai to introduce new ministers for these positions as soon as possible,“ Abdul Raouf Abrahimi, speaker of the lower house of parliament, said after the vote.

It is unclear whether the two will actually have to leave their posts. Parliament occasionally flexes its muscle to thwart Karzai’s policies or appointments, but the constitution places most power in the president’s hands.

Karzai’s office issued a three-sentence statement acknowledging that Article 92 of the Afghan constitution gives the parliament the authority to disqualify ministers. Karzai’s statement did not express any support or regret for the no confidence votes, saying only that the president would „make decisions about the disqualified ministers“ after he meets with his national security team on Sunday.

In past no-confidence votes, Karzai has simply kept other ministers in their jobs in an acting capacity and dragged out the process of nominating replacements.

Wardak, who studied in the U.S. and speaks English fluently, has been long backed by Washington and the NATO military coalition. He has been defense minister since late 2004, and was deputy defense minister before that. In the 1980s, he was a well-known leader of mujahideen fighting against the Soviet and Afghan communists.

Wardak has overseen massive growth of the army _ now 185,125-strong. In recent years, tens of thousands of soldiers have been recruited, given literacy and military training and sent to fight alongside foreign forces.

The votes of no confidence come at a critical time in the war when Afghan police and soldiers are increasingly taking responsibility from exiting international troops, who are scheduled to leave Afghanistan or move into support roles by the end of 2014.

Afghan forces now take lead in areas of the country that are home to 75 percent of the population.“


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2 Responses to Breaking News: Innen- u. Verteidigunsminister abgewählt…

  1. Boris Barschow on 06/08/2012 at 17:30

    The Afghan Lower House of the parliament, in an unprecedented move, voted out the two key ministers of Defence and Interior, in a single session. While it is early to make predictions on who will succeed them and whether they will be kept on as acting ministers for a while, it is worth having a look at the events and possible reasons that led to this rather unexpected and dramatic development. An analysis by AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini and Obaid Ali, who observed the session.

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