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Ghani names picks for acting defence minister, spymaster

Ghani names picks for acting defence minister, spymaster

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May 06, 2016 - 10:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): After a flurry of calls from the parliament, President Ashraf Ghani has nominated his picks for defence minister and spy chief.

In two separate decrees issued last night, the president nominated Maj. Gen. Abdullah Khan as acting defence minister.

According to a statement from the Presidential Palace, Gen. Khan replaces Masoom Stanikzai the current acting defence minister.

Stanikzai has been picked as presidential advisor and acting head of the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) - the Afghan spy service.

Following his nomination by the president, Stanikzai won a vote of confidence from the parliament on June 6, 2015.

Last month, the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon speaker asked the president to nominate his picks for spymaster and minister of defence.

Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi reminded the president to introduce his nominees to the lower house as soon as possible. The NDS is being led by acting director general, Massoud Andarabi since November 2015.

Based on the constitution, a department head or minister could continue in acting capacity for two months only. But the rule has been flouted by the sitting administration

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