The Foreign Relations Commission at the House of Representatives said on Sunday that, after reviewing letters of second citizenship revocation for Noor-ul-Haq Uloomi, Salahuddin Rabbani and Saadat Naderi, a joint committee will decide whether the three cabinet nominees will be considered for appointment.
Of the seven cabinet nominees originally identified by Parliament as holding dual citizenship, a status that gives MPs the right to turn them away on face value, only three men mentioned have had their second citizenships revoked. Noor-ul-Haq Uloomi is nominated for Minister of Interior (MoI), Salahuddin Rabbani for Minister of Foreign Affairs and Saadat Naderi for Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled.
In addition to reviewing the three nominees revocation documents prior to including them in the vote of confidence all appointees must pass, MPs have said the nominee for Minister of Information and Culture, Ay Sultan, has also taken steps to have his second citizenship revoked and should be considered by the joint commission.
“If the joint committee is satisfied, and confirms that, yes, they have abandoned their citizenship, then we will bring their documents to the House so that all the MPs can be assured they have revoked their second citizenship,” Foreign Relations Commission Chair Abdul Qader Zazay said on Sunday. “Every decision of the House then will be accepted by the joint committee as well.”
Meanwhile, Hafeez Mansoor, a member of join committee formed to review the cabinet nominees, has said that of the four men who have supposedly had their second citizenship revoked, only the formal documents of Noor-ul-Haq Uloomi have been received and confirmed. Mansoor said only Mr. Uloomi can be introduced by the government at this time.
The Presidential Palace has said that any candidate whose second citizenship is not revoked will be replaced with a new nomination.
Voting on nominees has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday, though the debate over dual citizenship will need to be concluded before the vote.
“We will try to finalize the question and answer process tomorrow, so that we can put ballot boxes up for voting on Tuesday,” House Second Deputy Irfanullah Ifran said. “But if not Tuesday, I assure you that Wednesday will be the voting day.”
Khalil Sediq, nominee for the Central Bank of Afghanistan, was asked to leave the House on Saturday when he visited the chamber to outline his policy plans to MPs. It remains unclear what the lawmakers have decided when it comes to his nomination, given that the Afghan Constitution does not address the citizenship status of the Central Bank Governor position.