Afghanistan's Karzai to 'retain technocrats in key ministries'
Re-elected President Karzai, due to announce his new government on Saturday, has faced intense pressure from the West to appoint some technocrats.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will retain technocrats in key ministries when he unveils a new cabinet, parliamentary sources said on Friday.
A list obtained by Reuters showed almost half of the ministers will be replaced or reshuffled, but for the most part they will not be the cabinet's key figures.
Karzai, due to announce his new government on Saturday, has faced intense pressure from the West to appoint some technocrats after being re-elected in an Aug. 20 election.
The foreign, interior and finance ministers will keep their jobs, according to the list obtained by Reuters and as had been expected.
All are widely considered to be technocrats and liked by Washington. Defence Minister Abdulrahim Wardak, who NATO-led forces have often said is a good partner, will also stay, the list from parliamentary sources said.
The Minister for Mines, Mohammad Ibrahim Adel, who has been a subject of some media criticism and controversy, will be replaced by the current commerce minister who is also considered a technocrat.
The United States is sending 30,000 additional troops to boost invasion in Afghanistan.
Reuters Last Mod: 18 Aralık 2009, 19:24