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Jan 19, 2015

Afghan leader in cabinet setback as nominee quits, others in doubt

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan president’s bid to form a cabinet nearly four months after taking office ran into fresh trouble on Monday after his candidate for finance minister withdrew and doubt was cast over as many as 11 nominees believed to hold dual citizenship.

President Ashraf Ghani is hoping to finalise a 25-member ministerial team after overcoming disagreements with his chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, who shares control over appointments under the deal to share power following a disputed election.

Jan 17, 2015

Afghan cabinet nominee wanted by Interpol for tax evasion

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s nominee for agriculture minister in the new cabinet is on an Interpol wanted list for tax evasion in Estonia, a fact Ghani’s spokesman said was unknown to his office at the time of his nomination.

Interpol’s website lists Mohammad Yaqub Haidari, 52, as wanted in Estonia for “large-scale tax evasion, fraudulent conversion” in cases dating back to 2003.

Jan 17, 2015
Jan 15, 2015

Afghan leader seeks to sideline powerful bloc in break with past

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan cabinet, finalised this week after months of haggling, leaves a powerful faction that helped oust the Taliban in 2001 significantly weakened, in a bold but risky break from the past by President Ashraf Ghani.

Known as “mujahideen” because many also fought the Soviets in the 1980s, the group is angry at being overlooked for key security posts and is threatening to block nominees when they are presented to parliament in the coming days.

Jan 12, 2015

Afghan president finally nominates cabinet ministers

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani nominated ministers for his new cabinet on Monday, after a wait of more than three months, to try to establish a working government to tackle the violence-racked country’s problems.

Many government institutions have been all-but-paralysed for a year amid a drawn-out election crisis and uncertainty over whether the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops last month will lead to more violence by Taliban insurgents.

Jan 1, 2015

Afghans take over full security charge, mortars kill 20 civilians

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan assumed full responsibility for security from departing foreign combat troops on Thursday, a day after Afghan army mortar shells killed at least 20 civilians attending a wedding party in volatile southern Helmand province.

The move will test the readiness of 350,000 Afghan forces who will bear responsibility for fighting increasingly organized Taliban insurgents.

Jan 1, 2015
Dec 31, 2014

Retired Afghan leader meets, advises successor ‘almost daily’

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s retired president, Hamid Karzai, meets his successor almost every day and advises him on key policy issues, he said in an interview, a role that could raise concerns in the West over ties with Kabul.

The former leader’s relationship with the United States deteriorated sharply towards the end of more than a decade in power, but any hope foreign governments had of Karzai slipping quietly into retirement would appear to be misplaced.

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      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
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