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    Karzai issued fresh warning on cabinet

    KABUL (PAN): Setting a Wednesday deadline for President Hamid Karzai to introduce his remaining cabinet picks, the Wolesi Jirga on Monday warned it would stop debating bills if the introduction was further delayed.

    The Jirga's annual vacations, starting June 5, have been postponed till the introduction of the rest of the ministers by the president.

    However, the speaker Younus Qanuni told the meeting on Monday that they could not postpone their vacations for a long period.

    He said he had talked to the president about the introduction of the ministers this morning and the president assured him that the ministers would be introduced till Wednesday.

    He said the jirga would take a decision if the ministers were not introduced by Wednesday. His decision was approved by the ministers as well.

    Under the Afghan Constitution, the working period of the Wolesi Jirga would be nine months in a year. However, the jirga could increase the period if it likes so.

    Some members insisted the vacations should be postponed till the introduction of the rest of the ministers. Attaullah Ludin, from Nangarhar, said they could not wait further for the introduction of the ministers.

    Fourteen members of the cabinet had been approved by the jirga, with remaining nine yet to get the trust vote.

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