Normal Afghans from various parts of the nation see the continuing tensions in the Afghan parliament as an insult to the dignity of the house as lawmakers have failed to select a speaker.
The new lawmakers who started out serving as members of the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, chosen Parwan MP Mir Rahman Rahmani as speaker of the house in controversial voting. But, the determination was not acceptable by another leading candidate Kamal Nasir Osuli, who insists on relaunching of the voting process.
“Unfortunately, they (MPs) are fighting for their seats and are engaged in a brawl,” declared Abdul Waris, a Kabul resident.
“We cannot trust anyone now,” claimed Hamidullah, a Kabul resident. “It is an insult to (the dignity) of the parliament.”
Lawmakers, in the meantime, claimed the rift over the speaker election has afflicted the activities of the house.
“All lawmakers were paid their first month’s salary but they have done ‘nothing’ and it is a ‘shame’,” claimed Belqis Roshan, an MP.
“It (the tensions) has put the parliament in a standstill,” stated Arif Rahmani, an MP.
“The pride and dignity of the nation’s house was badly damaged,” said MP Farooq Majroh.