Hamid Karzai is having issues in his second term as Afghanistan’s president. It seems that the Afghan parliament has nixed 17 of his 24 Cabinet nominees. –JCL

The BBC:

Energy portfolio nominee Ismail Khan, a former warlord, was among the rejected.

Justice, commerce, economy, health and women’s affairs were among other briefs left empty, but Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak was approved.

[…] The vote is one of the few occasions when parliamentarians have genuine power to hold the executive to account, analysts say.

Many nominees were criticised as having been picked for reasons other than their competency.

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