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    Four Afghan Ministerial Candidates Hold Dual Citizenship, May Get Rejected

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    According to the President of the New World Strategies Coalition, a firm that develops political solutions for Afghanistan, the four nominees include two US nationals, one Canadian national and a Turkish national.

    WASHINGTON, January 16 (Sputnik) – At least four Afghan cabinet nominees with dual citizenship have been identified, whose confirmations could face parliamentary resistance, the head of an Afghan think tank told Sputnik on Thursday.

    "There are at least four minister candidates who are dual nationals, from the United States, Canada and Turkey, who many in parliament will reject," the President of the New World Strategies Coalition, a firm that develops political solutions for Afghanistan, Khalil Nouri, said.

    According to Nouri, the four nominees include two US nationals: Barna Karimi, nominated for Minister of Communications, and Minister of Counter-narcotics candidate, Faizullah Kakar.

    Daud Shah Saba, a Canadian national, was chosen to become the Minister of Mines, in addition to Turkish dual-citizen, Sardar Mohammad Rahman Oghli, who was tapped to become the Minister of Economy, Nouri added.

    Clause 1 of Article 72 of the Afghan Constitution, passed in 2004, says that ministerial candidates "shall have only the citizenship of Afghanistan." However, it also states that should nominees possess "citizenship of another country as well, the House of the People [or Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan's lower legislative body] shall have the right to approve or reject the nomination."

    Earlier on Thursday, Afghan lawmakers told Sputnik Radio that parliament would refuse to approve minister candidates with dual citizenship, with one citing a criminal case in which a head of the commercial Kabul Bank had fled to a country in which he also had citizenship to avoid trial, as an example of the perils that come with dual national ministers.

    Domestic media outlets reported that at least six of the contenders are nationals of Turkey, the United States and other Western countries.

    On Monday, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive officer Abdullah Abdullah finally unveiled a much-awaited cabinet line-up that came months after Ghani's swearing-in. The process of choosing candidates has been long and difficult due to deep ethnic divisions in the country.


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