Afghan defence minister resigns after parliamentary censure

Parliament voted to remove defence, interior minister after recent insurgent assassinations of senior officials.

Reuters August 07, 2012

KABUL: Afghan Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak resigned on Tuesday after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament in handling security and being relegated to an acting role by President Hamid Karzai.

Wardak, one of the country's two key security ministers, told reporters he respected parliament's decision, which could complicate Nato plans to hand security responsibilities to Afghan forces before the end of 2014.

The fractious parliament voted on Saturday to remove Wardak and Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi after recent insurgent assassinations of senior officials, as well as cross-border fire incidents blamed on Pakistan.


AFGHAN | 11 years ago | Reply It's a sensible decision made by Mr. Wardak. I see that as a new dawn of democracy coming about in Afghanistan. A strong parliament of a country shows the strength of democracy in that country.
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