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Karzai has no plan to shakeup his Cabinet

Karzai has no plan to shakeup his Cabinet

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Apr 10, 2011 - 19:15

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): A presidential spokesman on Sunday rejected as untrue a report published by the Wall Street Journal in which President Karzai has said he plans to remove two key cabinet ministers.

Quoting unnamed diplomats and Afghan officials, the report said defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal were likely to lose their jobs as part of a cabinet shake-up.

It said the likely candidate to replace Wardak is Gen. Abdul Rauf Begi, an ethnic Uzbek backed by former warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum. However, the journal did not name any potential candidate for the finance minister slot.

"President Hamid Karzai has no plan to shakeup the Cabinet," Waheed Omar told Pajhwok Afghan News

On Saturday, Zakhilwal, also rejected the report, saying he had good relations with the President and other government officials.

"If President Karzai does not have confidence in me, I will discontinue with the job," he has said.

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