Afghanistan Foreign Minister Loses No-Confidence Vote

13 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Afghanistan Foreign Minister loses no-confidence vote</h1><p>May 13 (EIRNS)--Afghanistan's foreign minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta lost a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Saturday by a vote of 141 to 73. The minister of refugee affairs, Akbar Akbar also lost a vote of confidence. The parliament has the authority to remove ministers through no-confidence votes.The immediate issue is their inability to stop the expulsion of more than 50,000 Afghan refugees and illegal workers from Iran in the last three weeks. According to the New York Times, many of those expelled since April 21 were picked up and forced to return to Afghanistan on buses. Most of them have been repatriated into Nimruz Province in the southwest where they are now living in tents outside Zaranj, a border city that is the capital of Nimruz. The UN reports that there are an estimated one million illegal Afghan workers in Iran. If Iran continues to expel illegal Afghan workers, this could overwhelm the already unstable regime in Afghanistan.</p></div></body>