Female supreme court nominee rejected by Afghan Parliament

KABUL: The first-ever female nominee for the supreme court in Afghanistan has failed to garner enough votes of approval from the parliament.

Anisa Rasoli received 88 votes on Wednesday, nine short of the 97 needed for her nomination to pass. Zahir Qadir, the deputy parliament speaker who was chairing the session, asked President Ashraf Ghani to bring forth another nominee.

During the same session, Mohammad Yasuf Halim was approved for the supreme court and Khalilullah Sediq was approved as the governor of the central bank.