Nominees for Afghanistan's new Cabinet

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Posted: Dec 19, 2009 5:36 AM

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