January 19th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Parliament anger over Karzai Cabinet choices

Afghan parliament members reacted angrily Tuesday after President Hamid Karzai gave Cabinet posts to ministers they had rejected days earlier.

Parliament approved seven of Karzai's 17 Cabinet nominees Saturday, leaving 10 posts vacant. On Tuesday, Karzai made some of the 10 rejected nominees acting ministers or assistant ministers in the Cabinet.

It provoked strong reaction from government officials. "That decision of the president is disrespect for the people of Afghanistan and for the representative of the people [parliament]," Mirwise Yasini, first secretary to the parliament, told Azadi Radio.

Yasini said the decision also disrespected both Afghan laws and parliament members, who had rejected most of those nominated Tuesday.

"It would be better if the president would select some eligible people from the ministries as acting ministers," Yasini said.

The nominees' rejection did not bode well for Karzai, under both international and domestic pressure to stamp out widespread corruption and establish legitimacy for his administration, tainted by allegations of vote fraud last August.

Parliament members have complained that Karzai's nominees are either corrupt or linked to warlords.

"Without any doubt, it is a crash between the government and [parliament], and [I] hope it won't go deep," political analyst Nassrullah Stanakzai said of Tuesday's developments.

The next vote on Cabinet nominees is scheduled for next month, when Parliament members return from vacation.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Larry

    He is having the same problem there that we are having here... They want all are nothing like the Republicans want here!!! How does anyone expect to have anything happen if neither side will give in??? Some one had to make the call.. It's the President in This Country... If it's wrong... He takes the blame not the Congress are Senate!!!

    January 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    YES, Karzai is a joke and needs to be replaced, however, who would it be? If, what I have heard is true, that these "tribal leaders, war lords" have alot of power and actually control their parts of the country, then why not bring ALL of them in and let them pick government officials? I know this is not a true democratic process, however, if by doing this it "kick starts" an effective government that can actually get things done, then why not?

    January 24, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pat

    Karzai is disgusting, and so is the U.S. government if it allows him to get away with this. Karzai should not receive a single dollar in aid from anyone until his cabinet choices are approved by his parliament. I read a couple months ago that the U.S. was going to give aid only to those branches of government that are no corrupt. This is a good idea and should be applied to any branch who's head has not been approved by the Afganistan parliament.

    January 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wm littlepage

    Kharzi continues to put his personal interest above the needs of his country. When will we put pressure on him to step down. ??????????

    January 20, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    What a joker! You would think President Karzi was taking acting lessons! What do you expect President Karzi, the Afghan people feel you are a corrupt leader and that your government is also corrupt. You actually think they'll approve of your appointing more corrupt individuals to your government?

    Only a dictator tells his governmental officials take it my way or I'll put them into office myself. This is the CIA handpicked leader, backed by the guns and weapons of the US military, what do you expect? The moment America pulls their troops out of Afghanistan, Karzi is either flying to permanent exile or drug thru the streets of the capitol by his own people.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |