No #10

The Financial Daily - - CONTINUATIONS -

in­tro­duce to lower house of par­lia­ment new nom­i­nees for the re­main­ing cabi­net posts," a state­ment from his of­fice said.

No time­frame was given for the new nom­i­na­tions and par­lia­ment has now gone into re­cess for more than a month.

This leaves only a third of the cabi­net ap­proved as Afghanistan be­gins the tough task of fight­ing the re­silient Tal­iban in­sur­gency with­out the help of Nato com­bat troops.

The US-led Nato mis­sion which be­gan in 2001 was down­graded in late De­cem­ber to sup­port and train­ing for the Afghan army and po­lice.

About 17,000 for­eign sol­diers, most of them Amer­i­can, will still be de­ployed in Afghanistan this year, but US troop num­bers are set to halve within 12 months and fall to al­most noth­ing in two years.-Agen­cies

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