Afghan parliament to recess without confirming cabinet

The Afghan parliament on Sunday shuts for its winter recess without waiting for President Hamid Karzai to fill nearly half of his cabinet.

Afghan parliament to recess without confirming cabinet

The Afghan parliament on Sunday shuts for its winter recess without waiting for President Hamid Karzai to fill nearly half of his cabinet.

The announcement means Karzai will appear at an international conference on his country's future on Jan. 28 with 11 of 25 cabinet seats vacant.

He has promised to name competent ministers but also owes favours to regional bosses who helped get him elected. But parliament has twice rejected his pick.

Parliament spokesman Haseeb Noori said lawmakers would now leave for a recess until Feb. 20. They had postponed their leave earlier this month to allow Karzai to pick new names after rejecting more than two thirds of his initial picks, and vetoed more than half of his proposed replacements on Saturday.

Karzai's spokesman, Waheed Omer, said the president would nominate new candidates for the vacant seats when lawmakers return. Until then, Karzai would direct deputy ministers or other caretaker figures to run their ministries, Omer said.


Reuters

Last Mod: 17 Ocak 2010, 19:14
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