Afghan President Hamid Karzai should submit a new Cabinet "within days," a U.N. spokesman said Monday, after parliament rejected most of Karzai's original nominees Saturday.
The delay "will not be useful for the country," but the United Nations respects it, U.N. spokesman Aleem Siddique said at a news conference Monday.
Afghanistan's parliament rejected 17 of Karzai's 24 Cabinet nominees Saturday, votes that came at a crucial point in his fight against corruption and his quest for legitimacy in the eyes of both his nation and the world.
Karzai presented the Afghan parliament with 23 of the 24 nominees on December 19. Another nominee was presented later.
"This outcome was a wake-up call," Shukria Barakzai, a parliament member from Kabul, told the Washington Post. "It means the [parliament members] are thinking differently, and they want real change in the governance of the country."
Karzai has suspended a scheduled a parliamentary recess until a Cabinet has been approved, according to a BBC report. “Parliament's six-week break was due to begin on Tuesday,” the BBC report said.
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- Mandy Clark (CBS News): “Female Marines reach out to Afghan women”
- Elisabeth Bumiller (New York Times): “Four Afghan veterans look back and ahead”
- Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Abdul Waheed Wafa (New York Times): “Hazaras hustle to head of class in Afghanistan"
- Peter Beinart (Daily Beast): "Cheney was right"
- Tunku Varadarajan (Daily Beast): "Get tough with Pakistan"
- Cyril Almeida (Dawn): "Quiet, please"