22 July 2019

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Sunday, June 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament, succeeded to elect a new speaker following rift on a controversial vote which stalled the process for almost 40 days.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in separate statement congratulated Rahmani and wished the new speaker best of luck in his new position.
The president hoped that the three forces of government could work together in line with the constitution and serve the people and development of the country.
Meanwhile the Chief Executive praised MPs decision for selecting new speaker through a democratic process, asking the lawmakers to start their main duties of monitoring government’s activities and law enforcement.
In the latest round of voting on Saturday., Mir Rahman Rahamni, an MP from Parwan, an Khan Mohammad Wardak, an MP from Wardak province, were competing for the seat where 245 lawmakers were present in the house to vote for them.
Based on the Saturday’s quorum, 123 votes were required for a winning candidate.
In this wound, Rahmani got 136 votes were required for a winning candidate.
In this round, Rahmani got 136 votes and succeeded to be elected as the new speaker of the house.
His rival, Wardak, got 96 votes.  Meanwhile, 2 votes were white, and 11 votes were announced invalid.

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The visiting Afghan minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin the other day, a statement from MoFA said yesterday.
According to the statement, Minister Rabbani thanked German’s warms welcome and hinted to historic and bilateral ties between the two countries.  He also praised German forces’ work within the framework of Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, the statement added.
FM Rabbani also praised Germany’s readiness for easing of intra-Afghan talks and its stance for safeguarding of the past achievements.
Meanwhile German FM emphasized on protection of Afghan women’s role and human rights in peace process, adding Germany was committed to its support of Afghanistan.
He also emphasized on transparency of the upcoming elections:  the statement added.
Hinting to Afghan government’s stance in peace talks, FM Rabbani said safeguarding achievements were key redline of the Afghan government in peace talks, the statement added.
According to another report, FM Rabbani also met German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller during his trip, a MoFA statement added.
Thanking Germany’s humanitarian support to Afghanistan, FM Rabbani said achievements made on increasing women’s role and human rights in Afghanistan would be preserved in peace talks, adding National Unity Government would remain committed to safeguarding of the existing values.
In his turn, the German minister called Afghanistan as his country’s number one strategic partner in the region, adding his country would continue support for development of Afghanistan, the statement added.

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed Abdul Salam Rahimi as his special envoy and State Minister in Peace Affairs.
The Presidential Press Office in a statement said Saturday that President Ghani approved Rahim’’s appointment as his special envy and state minister in Peace Affairs.
The statement further added that President Ghani has approved Raimi’s appointment in line with the article 65 and Item 13 of the Constitution of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Office of the President said Rahimi will participate in cabinet meetings, National Security Council meetings, meetings of the high commissions and high councils.
Rahimi was previously serving as Chief of Staff of the Office of the President, ARC Palace.

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a decree on establishing a deputy office on governance and programs within general presidency of the presidential office’s structure and transferring a number of affairs administration’s general office sections. 
To create better coordination and follow the government’s work plans, following points have been approved.  To establish a deputy office on governance and programs within general presidency of the presidential office, Mohammad Haroun Chakhansouri has been appointed as deputy of the governance and programs, and he should attend cabinet and presidential councils’ meetings.  Approval of establishing a deputy office on governance and programs with the following structure:
-  Cabinet affairs coordination directorate.
-  Presidential high councils’ coordination directorate.
-  Directorate to chase orders and instructions.
-  Presidential protocols directorate
-  Special secretary aide unit.

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