January 16th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

Most of Karzai's Cabinet picks rejected, again

Kabul, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's second attempt to seat a new Cabinet failed Saturday with the parliament rejecting a majority of his selections. (Afghan parliament members take a vote in photo above.)

The parliament approved seven ministers out of 17 nominees. They include Karzai's former national security adviser, Zalmai Rasoul, as foreign minister and Amina Afzali, one of three female nominees, as social affairs chief.

Nominees for ministries of Justice, Haj and Islamic Affairs, Economics, Counter-Narcotics, and Rural Rehabilitation and Development also were approved.

But the rejection of 10 names does not bode well for Karzai, who is under both international and domestic pressure to stamp out widespread corruption in Afghanistan and establish legitimacy for his administration, tainted by allegations of vote fraud in August.

Among those rejected were candidates for higher education, public health and women's affairs. Parliament members have complained that Karzai's nominees are either corrupt or linked to warlords.

CNN's Atia Abawi and Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.


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  1. NightWalker

    Pretty nice place you've got here. Thanks the author for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

    Truly yours

    February 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jane/Seattle

    It seems the U.S. is incapable of doing any actions in other countries correctly. This country always props up compliant crooks, lies to Americans about it, interferes where it does not belong, empire builds, buys loyalty, supplies arms while Americans must suffer poor wages and poverty. We in America must always get stuck paying for the policy that promotes capitalists who are robbing our resources and others. We get a bad name while countless companies ride roughshod over this Earth. I apologize for this warmongering nation run amuck! Sign me, Disgusted American Against WARS of Empire and Capitalism. Peace

    January 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hashj

    Mr. Karzi made a mistake for the second time, he nominate the warlard to his new cabinet
    Amerca don't trust him anymore

    January 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chercross

    with the dollar amount americans have spent on this war, we could have purchased afghanistan and the surrounding areas instead. This is not our land and this is not our government. We need to dwell on the problems in america or we should divide the united states in hlf and let washington d.c. govern and better educate their half.

    January 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wevern345

    I would prefer not to be there, but given that we are...I am encouraged by the actions of the Parliament to screen these important people. Maybe, just maybe, the Afghans will finally get something fairly close to a decent government. That will be a very big help to America and the International Community.

    January 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. adifarid_asmaon

    well personally this huge effort by the united states governent since their presence till now surely must produce fruitfull results not just to the administration the army the allies but also to the international communities in that in preserving the values of democracy and thru their implementation of several policies and understandings so that the people in afghanistan can comprehend the overall situations that not only the us governments the army the allies is facing especially against the ever uprising insurgents of talibans troops and its associates its links worldwide but and also the people in afghanistan must perceive these commendable nature of raising a government that represents the people in afghanistan and its because the situations just not be that of a departure from assistance of us over there.

    January 20, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. J. Seaward

    I agree with Murtaza. I am not from Afghanistan, nor the region, but my experience in much of the world (including South and Central Asia) is that we are forgetting cultural and tribal lines. Look at what has happened to the world: artificial states have been carved out by former Colonists, ignoring critical tribal and ethnic boundaries that once existed. While this may not be entirely the case in Afghanistan, as it has remained largely intact for a long period, one cannot ignore the existence of cultural bias towards or against the Pashtoon (Pashtun) ruling group. There are distinct tribal groups that I believe deserve either proper representation in a democracy, or their own homeland.

    January 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cyclopes

    now is the time for nr. karzai to proved to the world that he can fight curruptions and clean his government or face isolation. better move fast mr. karzai and bring peace to your country. may allah be with you always.

    January 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sanish Fernandez

    In a part of the world, where good news is hard to come by; I presume the mere presence of women MPs voting alongside their male counterparts is cause for cheer. Beyond that, the future looks bleak.

    January 19, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Murtaza

    the most curropted ones in the Karzay cabinet were elected in the lover house. Becouse they were paid by the nominees. and All of them are Pashtoon. If America want to bring solution to the Afghanistan she need to help other ethnic groubs in Afghanistan. they want to offer a pay far Taliban in the london confrance the is a were big mistake. if they do not belive in human right and women right in particular. they should punished instead of treatment.

    January 18, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. A. Smith, Oregon

    Rejected again! Such a surprise for the western people. CIA Solution? Pour hundreds of Millions of American taxpayer dollars into the corrupt hands of clan leaders willing to sell their votes for the corrupt Karzi Government.

    The true solution is for America and its Allies to totally stop propping up corrupt governments around the world including the one in Afghanistan and let the people in these foreign nations elect their own leaders.

    January 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mariam Hotaki

    Yeah, pretty strange as a fact.
    great blog.

    January 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |