New ministers-designate for finance, agriculture, foreign affairs, boarder and tribal affairs, mines and petroleum and parliamentary affairs are expected to be introduced to the lower house by the end of March.

A well-placed source confided to Pajhwok Afghan News Nargis Nehan had been picked as mines and petroleum minister, Ghulam Jilani Popal as finance minister and Suleman Kakar as agriculture minister.
Eklil Hakimi, by the same token, will be nominated as foreign minister, Ghulam Nabi Farahi as boarder and tribal affairs minister and Farooq Wardak as parliamentary affairs minister.

One of the probable ministers-designate told Pajhwok they might be introduced to the Wolesi Jirga for a trust vote till the end of March. But the parliamentary affairs minister does not require a trust vote from the lower house.
Nargis Nehan, currently serving as a civil society leader, said she had also heard about the possible nominations, which are yet to be officially announced.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the president would soon introduce ministers-designate. He added the house would summon security top brass next week to on the situation in the country.

Last year, the lower house had disqualified some ministers after they failed to spend their development budgets. The government, however, took the case to the Supreme Court, whose decision is still pending.

 Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday stressed early holding of the long-delayed parliamentary election and warned that further delay in this regard was unacceptable.
The government has hinted at holding elections to lower house next year, however no exact date has so far been given.

Senator Mohammad Hashim Alkozai from southern Helmand province demanded the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the government announce a date for the parliamentary election as soon as possible.
His colleague from Uruzgan province Mohammad Hanif Hanafi made the same demand, which he termed as necessary for the nascent democracy in the country.

An election date be announced soon so that people could prepare themselves, the lawmaker said, stressing awareness about the important process among the masses.

Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) should work for holding of the elections at the earlist and share their programme with the people.
He asked the government to task the authorities concerned with making full preparations for the ballot.

The uncertain future of Afghanistan has prompted many Afghans, most of whom are professionals and accomplished youth, to flee the country with the hope of finding a better future in foreign countries, particularly, Europe and the United States of America. 

The U.S. has changed its policy as per the recent development in the region, Military analysts state Americans’ contradictory remarks are meant to prolong the war and reach their goals in Afghanistan by escalating the ongoing fight between Afghan forces and the militants.

Britain’s special representative for Afghanistan info-icon and Pakistan info-icon Simon Gass, reiterating the UK’s support for an Afghan-led peace process, welcomed the progress made in the quadrilateral talks and stressed the importance of maintaining momentum.

Hundreds of the so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters have come to Zabul and Ghazni provinces, provincial council official said.

Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan should not be blamed for the problems of Afghanistan despite the Afghan officials long been criticizing the country for supporting the anti-government armed groups fighting the Afghan government.

China reaffirms stable exchange rate

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 07:46

Premier Li Keqiang on Monday reaffirmed China will keep the yuan exchange rate basically stable and move forward structural reform.
When meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in Beijing, Li said China will continue to pursue a managed floating exchange rate regime based on market supply and demand and with reference to a basket of currencies, and will keep the exchange rate basically stable on a reasonable and balanced level.

Police and detective organs have detained five people in connection with trafficking more than a ton of drugs and 880 liters of alcoholic beverages, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Tuesday.

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has said in an interview with a German newspaper that he may shut down the so-called Balkan route for migrants altogether later this year.

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