Afghan parliament on Sunday sacked two more ministers, despite appeal by unity government leaders to halt no-confidence votes against the ministers.
Those who failed to get enough parliamentary votes of confidence were Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi and Transportation Minister Muhammadullah Batash.
However, Finance Minister Iklil Hakimi survived the motion and remained in position.
The parliament started the motion of no-confidence on Saturday when it sacked all three summoned ministers – Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Labor Minister Nasrin Oryakheil and Public Works Minister Mahmoud Baleegh.
They were sacked apparently for poor performance.
However, while Saturday’s session saw ministers speaking to MPs before the vote, those who were called on Sunday failed to appear.
Earlier, Afghan unity government leaders invited the lawmakers to the presidential palace, urging to suspend further no-confidence votes.
The dismissals by the parliament are first after unity government was formed in 2014. Calling the first three dismissals ‘unjustifiable’, Ghani warned that a change in cabinet in current situation will have huge cost.
With six ministers done with the process of no-confidence vote, 11 more are expected face the vote.
Lower House Speaker, Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, urged the government to soon introduce nominees for the vacant posts.
Sunday’s votes detailed below:
Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi: 131 disapprovals, 68 approvals, 2 invalid, 3 empty
Finance Minister Iklil Hakimi: 112 disapprovals, 85 approvals, 5 invalid, 2 empty
Transportation Minister Muhammadullah Batash: 142 disapprovals, 51 approvals
(118 disapprovals required for a minister to be sacked.)