UN official: Afghan Cabinet dispute is a 'setback'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KABUL (AP) - The head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan says lawmakers' decision to reject 70 percent of President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet nominees is a political setback that will only delay efforts to get a functioning government up and running.

Kai Eide calls the parliament's rejection of 17 of Karzai's 24 picks on Saturday a "setback" and a "distraction" at a time when Afghanistan and the international community are trying to focus on urgently needed reforms.

Eide told reporters Sunday that Karzai now will have to spend political energy nominating new choices, prolonging the time before a functioning government can partner with donor nations.

It also comes amid a military and civilian buildup attempting to stabilize the war-torn country.

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