President Ashraf Ghani announced the new cabinet will be formed in two to four weeks following thorough assessments of nominees.
In an address to the nation on Sunday evening, Ghani announced that majority of the acting ministers would hand over responsibilities to their deputies who will then be the acting ministers until the new cabinet is formed. He elaborated that with an exception of a few ministers who will accompany him to the London Conference on Afghanistan.
“The new cabinet will be formed with new people who had not served as cabinet members before and are qualified,” Ghani said.
In addition, Ghani also ratified both security pacts—Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)—the Census and the Access to Information Laws.
He welcomed the Lower House and Upper House of the Parliament for approving the said laws.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah also addressed the nation, stating that the new cabinet will be based on merit.