Afghan president accepts dismissal of security ministers

By REUTERS
August 5, 2012 12:38

 
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KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday he had accepted a vote by the country's parliament to dismiss his two top security ministers, but said he had instructed both to remain in acting roles until replacements are found.

The fractious parliament voted on Saturday to remove Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi after a series of recent insurgent assassinations of top officials, as well as cross-border fire incidents which infuriate many Afghan voters as well as politicians.

Their removal could be a blow to NATO plans to hand over security responsibilities to Afghan forces before the end of 2014, as both positions are crucial to the 11-year war against insurgents.

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