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Afghanistan Announces New Cabinet After Long Delay


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office has announced nominees for the country's cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.

Ghani's chief of staff, Abdul Salam Raheemi, announced the 25 cabinet nominees on January 12 at a ceremony in Kabul that was attended by the president.

The so-called "unity" cabinet includes three women, nominated to head the higher education, information and culture, and women's affairs ministries.

Ghani and his election rival Abdullah Abdullah, now chief executive, have spent months wrangling over the makeup of the new cabinet.

The delays have raised worries over whether their unity government could survive, let alone govern effectively.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP

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