Nominees for Afghanistan’s new Cabinet

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s nominees for his new Cabinet, presented Saturday:

Incumbents:

— Defense, Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak

— Interior, Hanif Atmar

— Finance, Omar Zakhilwal

— Public Health, Dr. Mohammad Amin Fatemi

— Agriculture, Muhammad Asif Rahimi

— Justice, Mohammad Sarwar Danish

— Education, Ghulam Farooq Wardak

— Women’s Affairs, Husn Bano Ghazanfar

— Communications, Amirzai Sangeen

— Counternarcotics, Gen. Khodaidad, who uses one name

— Water and Power, Ismail Khan

Acting:

Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta will remain in the post for now. Karzai has said he will make a nomination after an international conference on Afghanistan to be held in London in late January.

New nominees:

— Higher Education, Hobidullah Hobid

— Economy, Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi

— Information and Cultural Affairs, Sayed Makhdum Rahin

— Mines, Wahidullah Shahrani

— Hajj and Mosque, Enayatullah Balugh

— Refugees, Enayatullah Nazari

— Transportation, Mohammad Ullah Patash

— Commerce, Gulam Mohammad Aylaqi

— Public Welfare, Mirza Husain Abdullahi

— Work and Social Affairs, Ismail Manshi

— Border and Tribal Affairs, Hamid Gilani

— Development and Rural Affairs, Wais Ahmad Darmek

New ministry:

Karzai is asking for parliament to create a Ministry for Martyr and Disable Affairs

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