Afghan parliament approves 7 new ministers
www.chinaview.cn 2010-01-16 18:44:15   Print

    KABUL, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament on Saturday approved seven out of 17 ministerial nominees, spokesman for the house Mohammad Yunus Qanooni announced.

    "Out of 17 cabinet nominees, seven have won vote of confidence," Qanooni announced after counting the votes cast to nominees this morning.

    With the approval of the seven more ministers, the number of approved ministers has reached to 14.

    This is the second round of vote of confidence given to ministerial nominees since Jan. 2.

    Afghanistan has 25 ministries and President Hamid Karzai would present 11 more nominees to the lower house in order to get approval of full cabinet.

    Among those secured endorsement from lower house today includes Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul, Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib, Minister for Economy Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Minister for Counter-Narcotics Zarar Ahmad and Minister for Public Work, Disabled and Martyrs Mrs. Amna Fazali.

    However, Qanooni did not say when the next voting would be held to complete cabinet members.

Editor: Wang Guanqun
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