Afghan lawmakers approve only 7 Cabinet nominees
Last Updated: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 17:29
Kabul: The Afghan Parliament rejected the majority of President Hamid Karzai's second slate of Cabinet choices today, dealing a new setback to the US-backed leader's effort to assemble a team that can focus on badly needed reforms.

The US and other countries contributing troops and aid have pushed Karzai to get his second-term administration in place ahead of a January 28 international conference on Afghanistan to be held in London. The mixed results will further delay the process, two weeks after parliament rejected 70 per cent of his first Cabinet picks.

The 224 lawmakers present approved just seven of 17 nominees, including Karzai's long-time national security adviser, Zalmay Rasoul, who will be foreign minister, a new justice minister and a woman who was named to the portfolio of Work and Social Affairs/Martyred and Disabled.

The 10 rejected included two other women nominated for the posts of women's affairs and public health as well as Karzai's choices for the ministries of higher education, commerce, transportation, public works, refugee and border and tribal affairs.

Voting took several hours as the yellow paper ballots were tallied one-by-one in a process that was televised nationally.


First Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 17:29

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