Unclear If He'll Actually Remove Them
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has issued a statement today supporting parliament’s decision to remove two of his top cabinet ministers, Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Interior Minister Besmillal Mohammadi.
The statement comes in the wake of the parliament’s vote, which determined both are disqualified because of evidence of corruption and security lapses leading to assassinations. The two were both key US allies.
But being voted out of office and actually being out of office are two different things, and even with Karzai’s “support” there is no timetable for actually removing them, and they’ll remain in their positions as “interim” ministers until a replacement has been named.
In practice, this could last for years, as Karzai has regularly kept “interim” cabinet members in place more or less permanently. MPs urged Karzai to show he actually supported the process by replacing the ministers immediately with caretakers, but this seems unlikely.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- UN Chief Slams Israeli Attacks on Gaza: At Least 828 Palestinians Killed - July 24th, 2014
- Ukraine Accused of Targeting Civilians in East Ukraine Offensive - July 24th, 2014
- Hanging Chads?: Afghan Recount Delayed Over Fraud Definition - July 24th, 2014
- State Dept: Iraqi PM Maliki to Be Ousted Soon - July 24th, 2014
- Foreign Press Complain of 'Intimidation' by Israel During Gaza War - July 24th, 2014