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Qayyum named as new Nuristan governor

Qayyum named as new Nuristan governor

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Feb 20, 2014 - 14:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Senator Hafiz Abdul Qayyum has been appointed as new governor of eastern Nuristan province, an official said on Thursday.

President Hamid Karzai approved Qayyum’s appointment based on a recommendation from the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG).

IDLG spokesman Tawab Ghorzang, speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, hoped Qayyum would be able to bring good governance to the remote province.

The 38-year-old new governor, replacing Tamim Nuristani, hails from the Wama district of the province. He holds a master’s in Political Science.

A member of the Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon (upper house), Qayyum studied Islamic Studies and Literature in neighbouring Pakistaninfo-icon.  

On February 3, President Hamid Karzai removed Nuristani and two other officials for their role in the theft of wheat meant for distribution to residents.

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