Karzai Cabinet Picks Rejected for 2nd Time
Weak Afghan president still can't put together a government
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2010 7:20 AM CST
An Afghan parliament member votes for the cabinet in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. Afghanistan's parliament started voting Saturday on President Hamid Karzai second list of nominees...   (Farzana Wahidy)
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(Newser) – The Afghan parliament rejected the majority of Hamid Karzai's second slate of cabinet choices today—10 of 17—in another vote of no confidence for the beleaguered Afghan president 2 weeks after the first set was rejected. This time he managed to get a foreign minister and a justice minister approved, the BBC notes, but the secret ballot further undermines his authority, already damaged by last fall's fraud-plagued election.

Karzai is under pressure to demonstrate his stated commitment to eliminating the corruption that has been rampant in his government; lawmakers who rejected members of this slate said they were either unqualified or too closely tied to warlords.