“The president was surprised by the rejection,” Omar told a regular weekly press briefing. However, he added,” this is the beauty of democracy. We are exercising democracy.”

Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament on Saturday through a secret balloting rejected 17 out of 24 minister-designates introduced by Karzai to form a new cabinet.

“Of course it is not good in terms of the functioning of the government, but we will have to respect it,” Omar said.

Nevertheless, he stressed that “the President is thinking about some kinds of restructuring within the government and he will introduce the new cabinet to the parliament in a proper time.”

But he did not say the exact time. All ministries were still functioning, Omar said, adding that the deputies are carrying out the duties in some ministries.


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