Afghan parliament dismisses interior minister over worsening security

By REUTERS
July 22, 2013 11:35

 
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KABUL - Afghanistan's parliament voted on Monday to dismiss one of the country's chief security ministers, impeaching Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang in a potential blow to stability as NATO-led international forces speed up their withdrawal.

The fractious parliament, which last August voted to sack both the interior and defence ministers, said Patang, as head of the country's 157,000-strong police force, had presided over worsening security, including along the highway from the capital, Kabul, to Kandahar, a crucial economic lifeline targeted by Taliban insurgents.

"Afghanistan's Interior Minster, with 136 votes against him, is disqualified from the ministry and I ask the president of the Islamic republic of Afghanistan to announce another person for this position," said Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.

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