Karzai Orders Parliament Not to Recess Amid Cabinet Fight

President Desperate to Finalize Cabinet Before London Conference

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the nation’s parliament not to adjourn for recess, scheduled to begin later this week, until they finalized approval of a cabinet.

Karzai was dealt a major defeat this weekend when parliament rejected 17 out of his 24 cabinet nominees, insisting they were either too corrupt or unqualified for their positions.

The cabinet he presented last month featured a handful of pro-West members rounded out with warlords and Karzai loyalists. Reformists expressed disappointment with the choices, but few expected the parliament to do anything about it.

Now that they have, Karzai is facing yet another major challenge, though it is one that his spokesmen insist he is up to. If he is unable to finalize a cabinet by the upcoming London conference, however, he will face an uphill battle in soliciting funds for ministries that don’t have anyone formally in charge of them.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.