Afghan parliament voting on new Karzai cabinet
The Afghan parliament began voting on the cabinet proposed by President Hamid Karzai, which keeps many key ministers unchanged.
The Afghan parliament on Saturday began voting on the cabinet proposed by President Hamid Karzai, which keeps many key ministers unchanged.
After weeks quizzing prospective ministers on past policy and future plans, the session to approve ministers began early on Jan. 2 and was expected to last for several hours.
There are 24 ministers, and a separate ballot paper for each. The procedure was briefly held up when some MPs objected to the secret ballots, saying voters had a right to see who their delegates supported.
Karzai's nominations were announced in late December, with many of his Western backers satisfied to see technocrats staying in their positions, but critics warn that the president is just recycling old names at a time.
Karzai appears to have refrained from giving top jobs to the most powerful former fighters who threw their weight behind his election campaign, with the exception of energy minister Ismael Khan. But they could yet make gains when deputy ministerial appointments or governorships are decided.
Ministries such as interior, health and agriculture, which absorb the most foreign money, are not seen changing.
Reuters Last Mod: 02 Ocak 2010, 14:47