Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, the Speaker of Parliament, along with a number of other MPs on Monday visited with Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to discuss the cabinet appointment process, which has dragged on for months through one delay after another.
“On behalf of the House of Representatives we came to talk about the cabinet delay and to listen your comments in detail and to pass it on to the House of Representatives,” Mr. Ibrahimi said to Abdullah on Monday.
During the visit, the Chief Executive was said to have expressed sympathy for the anxiety around the delayed appointments. He maintained that it was decided last Thursday that a portion of the cabinet would be introduced right away, but that President Ashraf Ghani has only nominated two ministers so far.
“Our decision with the president was to introduce at least half of the cabinet by Thursday and during that week the remaining cabinet would be introduced, but so far the president’s decision is not finalized except for two nominated ministers,” Abdullah said. According to him, a list of six nominees has been sent to the president and was intended to make decisions regarding them and begin interviews already.
Nevertheless, the Chief Executive has sought to dispel rumors of intractable disagreement between he and the president. “There are no serious differences,” said Mujib Rahimi, a spokesman for Abdullah. “We introduced the ministers, who were nominated, including interior minister, and negotiations continue between the CEO and the president.”
Previously, sources close to President Ghani argued the delay of the appointments was a result of the high-standards to which the president was holding all nominees. Reportedly the Minister of Interior position is one the president is particularly adamant about being filled by a qualified person that is not beholden to any political party.
At the London conference in early December, President Ghani promised to introduce his new cabinet within four weeks. Only three days remain in that window.