Afghan parliament approves defence minister

Nov 30, -0001
KABUL: Afghanistan's parliament on Saturday approved the reappointment of Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, the first of President Hamid Karzai's cabinet nominees to be confirmed in their post.

Parliament stayed open for more than two extra hours to finish voting for the ministers after a secret ballot process that began early in the morning but ran on all day.

Karzai's nominations for cabinet keep many key ministers unchanged but he has not nominated anyone for the post of foreign minister.

Wardak is a veteran former anti-Soviet guerrilla commander, well-liked by the United States and praised recently by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates for his handling of the army. AGENCIES




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