Afghan Lawmakers Diss Karzai on Cabinet—Again
For the second week in a row, many of his picks are rejected
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2010 12:14 PM CST
Afghan President Hamid Karzai.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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(Newser) – Afghanistan's parliament today rejected more than half of President Karzai's second list of Cabinet nominees—including two of three women—dealing him a fresh political blow as his government struggles to face the growing Taliban threat. Two weeks ago, parliament rejected 70% of Karzai's picks. The rejections leave his government without confirmed leaders for 11 of the 25 Cabinet posts.

Washington and its allies have been pressing Karzai to get his second-term administration in place ahead of a Jan. 28 international conference on Afghanistan, but that appears all but impossible now. The 224 lawmakers present today approved only seven of 17 nominees, though Karzai does have his foreign, defense, and interior ministers in place.