Karzai fails to win major approval for cabinet nominees / PHOTO

The Afghan parliament approved the reappointment of Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak.

Karzai fails to win major approval for cabinet nominees / PHOTO


The Afghan parliament on Saturday approved the reappointment of Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, the first of President Hamid Karzai's cabinet nominees to be confirmed in their post but rejected the nominee for justice minister, Sarwar Danish.

Lawmakers also rejected the nominee for energy minister, according to Reuters.



Parliament stayed open for more than two extra hours to finish voting for the ministers after a secret ballot process that began early in the morning but ran on all day.



Karzai's nominations for cabinet keeps many key ministers unchanged but he has not nominated anyone for the post of foreign minister.



Wardak is a veteran former anti-Soviet guerrilla commander, well-liked by the United States and praised recently by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates for his handling of the army.

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

Ministries such as interior, health and agriculture, which absorb the most foreign money, are not seen changing.




Reuters

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