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VOA News Report
SLUG: 2-291161 Aghan / Pol (S)
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DATE= 06/19/02

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER =2-291161

TITLE=AFGHAN / POL (S)

BYLINE=GARY THOMAS

DATELINE=KABUL

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INTRO: Afghanistan's transitional president named a portion of his new cabinet Wednesday, and had it ratified by a grand elective council through a show of hands. As V-O-A Correspondent Gary Thomas reports from Kabul, the top positions have been retained by the incumbents.

TEXT: President Hamid Karzai went before the Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, to announce a partial 15-member cabinet lineup.

Some choices are expected to be unpopular with Mr. Karzai's fellow Pashtuns, who feel he has ceded too much power to the Northern Alliance that toppled the Taleban last year.

Mr. Karzai retained two top Northern Alliance leaders -- Mohammad Fahim and Abdullah Abdullah -- as defense and foreign ministers. Another senior Northern Alliance member, Yunus Qanooni, was moved from the powerful Interior Ministry to the Education Ministry. A key Karzai advisor and former World Bank official, Ashraf Ghani, was named finance minister.

Mr. Karzai asked the Loya Jirga to ratify his choices by raising their hands, and many although not all appeared to do so.

/// KARZAI LANG ACT ///

Mr. Karzai said he will announce the rest of his cabinet choices later. (signed)

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