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Afghanistan reacts to Karzai cabinet rebuff

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Afghanistan reacts to Karzai cabinet rebuff


The Afghan parliament’s rejection of more than two thirds of President Hamid Karzai’s new cabinet is a setback for him, but what do the people of Afghanistan think?

Many newspapers described Saturday’s snub by MPs as a big blow to Karzai’s authority.

On the streets of Kabul, there were mixed reactions.

One man said: ‘‘The new faces, whose work the people of Afghanistan were waiting to see, were rejected. Unfortunately this move is taking the country into crisis.’‘

‘‘I totally support the parliament’s decision to accept and reject the ministers. They are the representatives of the people,’‘ said another.

At his inauguration in November, Karzai pledged a fresh start after an election marred by mass fraud.
With 17 out of 24 of his choices being thrown out, the Afghan President must now come up with a new list. With parliament about to begin its winter recess later this week, Karzai will almost certainly have to hobble on for a month without a government, then face the possibility of another red card.

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