Afghan parliament on Tuesday dismissed the minister of communication and information technology, Abdul Razaq Waheedi, seventh minister to be sacked by lawmakers.
Others considered in Tuesday’s summoning session were ministers of counternarcotics, energy and agriculture. They survived the vote with counternarcotics minister, Salamat Azimi, escaping narrowly.
Unlike previous session, Tuesday’s session saw relatively lesser controversy in the Lower House.
The parliament began holding no-confidence vote for 17 ministers on Saturday over poor performance and budgetary issues. Seven of the ministers including that of foreign affairs have been dismissed out of 13 who faced the vote.
The motion has been protested by unity government leaders who urgedlawmakers to halt the votes with officials saying the removal of ministers would paralyze government institutions.
Some lawmakers urged the process to pause for two weeks, but the majority insisted on it to continue.
On Monday, President Ashraf Ghani instructed the disqualified ministers to remain in their jobs as he expected Supreme Court to issue a ruling on the matter.
Tuesday’s votes are detailed below: