Great progress has been made with the formation of the Government of National Unity’s cabinet with His Excellency Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani (pictured below) being named as Afghanistan’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs after having received a vote of confidence from the Lower House of the National Assembly. Eight Ministers-designate and the Head of the National Directorate of Security were also approved.
The formation of the Government’s Cabinet has been a prolonged process. After His Excellency President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced the list of 25 Ministerial nominations and candidates to lead the Central Bank and National Directorate of Security, which were made in cooperation with His Excellency Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the nominees then individually went before the democratically elected representatives of the people to present their agendas and gain the approval of Parliament. The Parliament then holds a vote on the nominations.
Consequently, very lively democratic and constitutionally based debates have been occurring amongst the politicians. Despite the drawn-out process of forming a new government having created difficulties for the country to move forward, the very fact that these difficulties are being resolved democratically, by representatives of the people, and based on the country’s constitution, highlights the rapid maturity of Afghanistan’s political system over the previous 13 years.
While both the people and Government of Afghanistan have desired for a political outcome to quickly be achieved, it is well understood that this is one of the realities of the democratic process. H.E. President Ghani praised Parliament’s approval of the eight Ministers and two other appointees. Their Excellencies President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah will soon introduce new nominees for the positions which were rejected by Parliament and look forward with great anticipation to governing the country in the years ahead with a Cabinet which has been formed through robust democratic and constitutional processes.
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The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan warmly welcomes our dear Japanese friends to visit our Embassy for a special event which will be held on the 4th and 18th of February and on the 4th of March. Each of these events will start at 2pm and will include a speech by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie, a presentation on Afghanistan and its important relations with Japan, a question and answer session with diplomats, a tour of the Embassy and photo opportunities on the Embassy roof with the Tokyo Tower. Guests will also receive a gift bag representing Afghanistan’s warm hospitality and strong friendship with the people of Japan. Japanese translation will be provided. Importantly, to participate in one of these events, your position must be booked through the Japan Travel Bureau by phone on 03-6737-9343. For any inquiries, please feel free to email the Public Affairs Officer at email@example.com
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