Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered parliament to suspend a winter break so that it can vet and vote on new cabinet nominees, after lawmakers rejected over two thirds of his original candidates.
Karzai issued a decree saying that the new cabinet will be presented for a vote of confidence "in several days", and instructed parliament to remain in session until then.
Parliament is due to start a six-week winter break later this week and if members do not postpone their leave it will be at least two months before Karzai has a full government.
The president's request will be debated on Tuesday, Mohammad Karim Baaz, a deputy minister for parliamentary affairs, told Reuters. If they agree to the delay, a new cabinet list will probably be presented to the lower house on Sunday, he added.
"He (Karzai) made this request to parliament today: to continue its winter sessions so it can give a vote of confidence to the ministers," Baaz said.
Some of Karzai's nominations rejected by parliament would be included in the new list but with new portfolios, Baaz said, adding there will be new faces too. He gave no further details.
Mohammad Anwar Jigdalak, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, confirmed to Reuters that Karzai had appealed to parliament to delay its leave but gave no further details.
Karzai is the "president" in the country since U.S-Western forces overthrew the Afghan government in 2001.
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