Afghan officials: Half of Karzai’s Cabinet to stay

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KABUL (AP) — Two officials in the Afghan government say President Hamid Karzai will keep half of his current Cabinet in place as he begins his second five-year term.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the list will not be sent to the Afghan parliament until Saturday. They told The Associated Press on Friday that the president wants 12 of his 25 ministers to remain in their jobs for now. The officials say the key ministers of defense, interior, foreign affairs, finance and agriculture are on the list of Karzai’s Cabinet picks.

Karzai’s decision to keep these key ministers in their posts is expected to be welcome news for members of the international community. The Afghan parliament must confirm the Cabinet nominees.

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