Afghan lawmakers approve only 7 Cabinet nominees

The Afghan Parliament rejected majority of President Karzai`s second slate of Cabinet choices today.

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

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