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The Cabinet of Ministers of Afghanistan is made of the heads of all the government ministries. The president selects the members of cabinet with the approval of the National Assembly of the country.


Current Cabinet of Ministers

From the 23 ministers nominated by President Hamid Karzai on 19 December 2009 to be part of the second Karzai administration, on January 2, 2010, only seven were approved by the Afghan Parliament. All other candidates that Karzai initially put forth, including former militia commander Ismail Khan and three nominees associated with another former commander, Rashid Dostum, were rejected [1].

It was alleged that Karzai planned to keep the disputed Foreign Minister Spanta until the International Afghanistan Conference in London on January 28, 2010. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]. On his second listing that Karzai presented on January 9, 2010, a candidate to replace Spanta was mentioned.

President Hamid Karzai's nominations for his second cabinet
First nominations were on 19 December 2009 and the second ones on 9 January 2010
ministry image name incumbent / new parliamentary vote of confidence
result Yes No Abstain invalid Disappeared
1 Defence Abdul Rahim Wardak.jpg Abdul Rahim Wardak incumbent Yes check.svgY 124 100 8 - -
2 Interior Mohammad Hanif Atmar crop.jpg Mohammad Hanif Atmar incumbent Yes check.svgY 147 77 - rest -
3 Economy Anwarul Haq Ahadi.JPG Anwar ul-Haq Ahady new X mark.svgN 91 103 7 3 1
no image Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal [8]
4 Finance Zakhilwal.jpg Omar Zakhilwal incumbent Yes check.svgY 141 84 6 - -
5 Public Health No image Mohammad Amin Fatemi incumbent X mark.svgN 102 120 5 3 2
no image Suraya Dalil[8]
6 Information and Culture No image Sayed Makhdum Rahin new Yes check.svgY 120 93 14 4 -
7 Energy and Water Ismail Khan, VOA, August 13, 2002.JPG Ismail Khan incumbent X mark.svgN 111 109 5 5 -
8 Mines No image Waheedullah Sharani new Yes check.svgY 140 78 13 1 -
9 Education Farooq Wardag.jpg Ghulam Farooq Wardag incumbent Yes check.svgY 155 73 3 - -
10 Justice No image Mohammad Sarwar Danish incumbent X mark.svgN n/a
11 Telecommunication and Information Technology No image Amirzai Sangin incumbent X mark.svgN 92 130 8 1 -
12 Commerce and Industries No image Ghulam Mohammad Aylaqi new X mark.svgN 76 138 13 4 1
13 Agriculture No image Mohammad Asef Rahimi incumbent Yes check.svgY 136 89 3 2 2
14 Women Affairs No image Husn Banu Ghazanfar incumbent X mark.svgN 115 108 8 1 -
15 Returnees and Refugees No image Enayatullah Nazari new X mark.svgN 82 133 11 3 3
16 Islamic Affairs No image Enayatullah Baligh new X mark.svgN 108 115 6 2 -
17 Border and Tribal Affairs No image Sayed Hamid Gilani new X mark.svgN 70 149 11 2 -
Arsala Jamal.jpg Arsala Jamal[8]
18 Counter Narcotics No image General Khudaidad incumbent X mark.svgN 36 176 17 3 1
no image Zara Ahmad Muqbel[8]
19 Higher Education No image Obaidullah Obaid new X mark.svgN 94 121 12 5 -
20 Public Works No image Mirza Hussain Abdullahi new X mark.svgN 33 179 17 2 -
21 Rural Rehabilitation and Development No image Wais Ahmad Barmak new X mark.svgN 90 127 9 4 2
22 Labour and Social Affairs No image Mohammad Esmail Monshi new X mark.svgN 39 176 14 2 1
23 Transport No image Mohammadullah Batash new X mark.svgN 82 138 10 3 -
24 Foreign Affairs No image not nominated
No image Zalmay Rasul[8]
25 Urban Development No image not nominated

On January 9, 2010, Karzai presented his second list of candidates to the Wolesi Jirga, including one to replace the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spanta. Three of the new nominees were women, for the posts of Women's Affairs, Public Health, and Disabled and Martyr portfolios - the only woman on the first list of candidates was rejected. Pelwasha Hassan, a prominent activist, was now chosen by him as minister of women's affairs. Karzai had been sharply criticized when his previous line-up had only one woman. Only names for the Ministry of Energy and Water or the Ministry of Telecommunications were still lacking [9] [10] [11] [12].

Among the new nominees was Abdul Hadi Arghandiawal, as candidate for the post of economics. Arghandiawal is the chairman of a party that is an offshoot of the Hezb-i-Islami movement, who was accused before of having contacts with warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. This choice could be in line with Karzai's desire fore reconciliation with insurgents willing to lay down their arms and join the political system [13]. After the second list of candidates was offered, several parliament members expressed discontent about the quality of the nominees, and analysts predicted a new crisis [14] [15] [16].

Portfolio Minister
Foreign Affairs Zalmay Rasoul
Justice Habibullah Ghaleb
Public Health Suraiya Dalil
Women's Affairs Pelwasha Hassan
Higher Education Mohammad Hashim Esmatullahi
Economy Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal
Hajj and Mosque/Religious Affairs Mohammad Yasouf Neyazi
Refugees and Repatriation Abdul Rahim
Transportation and Civil Aviation Abdul Rahim Horas
Commerce Mohammad Hadi Hakimi
Public Welfare Mohammad Bashir Lali
Work and Social Affairs/Martyred and Disabled Amina Afzali
Border and Tribal Affairs Arsaleh Jamal
Development and Rural Affairs Janullah Mansouri
Counternarcotics Zarar Ahmad Moqbel
Urban Development Sultan Hussain Nasery

Previous Afghan administrations


Karzai Administration 2004-2009

These are the members of the Afghan Cabinet 2004-2009.[17][18]

Portfolio Minister
President Hamid Karzai
First Vice President Ahmad Zia Massoud
Second Vice President Karim Khalili
Senior Minister Hedayat Arsala
Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta
Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak
Interior Minister Mohamad Hanif Atmar
Finance Minister Dr. Omar Zakhilwal
Economic Minister Dr. Mohammad Jalil Shams
Justice Minister Sarwar Danish
Culture and Youth Affairs Minister Abdul Karim Khoram
Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak
Higher Education Minister Dr. Mohammad Azam Dadfar
Commerce Minister Dr. Mohammad Amin Farhang
Water and Energy Minister Mohammad Ismael Khan
Transportation and Aviation Minister Hamidullah Farooqi
Women's Affairs Minister Mrs. Hosn Bano Ghazanfar
Haj and Islamic Affairs Minister Nematullah Shahrani
Public Welfare Minister Dr. Sohrab Ali Saffary
Public Health Minister Dr. Mohammad Amin Fatemi
Agriculture Minister Mohammad Asef Rahimi
Mines Minister Ibrahim Adel
Communications Minister Amirzai Sangin
Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Ehsan Zia
Work, Social Affairs, Martyred and Disabled Minister Noor Mohammad Qarqeen
Border Affairs and Tribal Affairs Minister Abdul Karim Barahawi
Urban Development Minister Yousef Pashtun
Counter Narcotics Minister Habibullah Qaderi
Refugees and Repatriation Minister Sher Mohammad Etebari
Attorney General Mohammad Ishaq Aloko

Afghan Transitional Administration

The Afghan Transitional Administration was the name of a temporary administration of Afghanistan put in place by the Bonn Conference of 2001.[19 ]

Following the ouster of the Taliban approximately two dozen leading Afghans met in Bonn to choose a leadership and set in place a timeline for the adoption of a new constitution for a new permanent Afghan state, and the timeline for choosing an executive and legislature by democratic election.[19 ]

Interim and Transitional Afghan Authority Administrators/Ministers[19 ]
Name Ethnicity Transitional
Name Ethnicity
Chairman Hamid Karzai Pashtun President Hamid Karzai Pashtun
Vice-Chair Mohammed Fahim Tajik Deputy President Mohammed Fahim Tajik
Vice–Chair and Women’s Affairs Dr. Sima Samar Hazara Deputy President Karim Khalili Hazara
Vice-Chair Haji Mohammed Mohaqqeq Hazara Deputy President Abdul Qadir Pashtun
Vice-Chair Ahmed Shakar Karkar Uzbek
Vice-Chair Hedayat Amin Arsala Pashtun
Special Advisor on Security Yunus Qanooni Tajik
Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim Tajik Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim Tajik
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah Tajik Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah Tajik
Finance Minister Hedayat Amin Arsala Pashtun Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Pashtun
Interior Minister Yunus Qanooni Tajik Interior Minister Taj Mohammed Wardak Pashtun
Planning Minister Haji Mohammed Mohaqqeqk Hazara Planning Minister Haji Mohammed Mohaqqeqk Hazara
Communications Minister Engineer Abdul Rahim Tajik Communications Minister Masoom Stanakzai Pashtun
Borders Minister Amanullah Zadran Borders Minister Arif Nurzai Pashtun
Refugees Minister Intayatullah Nazeri Tajik Refugees Minister Intayatullah Nazeri Tajik
Small Industries Minister Aref Noozari Pashtun Mines Minister Juma M. Mahammadi Pashtun
Mines and Industry Minister Mohammed Alim Razm Uzbek Light Industries Minister Mohammed Alim Razm Uzbek
Health Minister Dr. Sohaila Siddiqi Pashtun Health Minister Dr. Sohaila Siddiqi Pashtun
Commerce Minister Sayed Mustafa Kasemi Shiite Muslim Commerce Minister Sayed Mustafa Kasemi Shiite Muslim
Agriculture Minister Sayed Hussain Anwari Hazara Agriculture Minister Sayed Hussain Anwari Hazara
Justice Minister Abbas Karimi Uzbek Justice Minister Abbas Karimi Uzbek
Information and Culture Minister Saeed Makhdoom Rahim Tajik Information and Culture Minister Saeed Makhdoom Rahim Tajik
Reconstruction Minister Mohammed Fahim Farhang Pashtun Reconstruction Minister Mohammed Fahim Farhang Pashtun
Haj and Mosques Minister Mohammad Hanif Balkhi Tajik Haj and Mosques Minister Mohammed Amin Naziryar Pashtun
Urban Affairs Minister Abdul Qadir Pashtun Urban Affairs Minister Yusuf Pashtun [[[Pashtun]]
Public Works Minister Abdul Khalig Fazal Pashtun Public Works Minister Abdul Qadir Pashtun
Social Affairs Minister Noor Mohammed Karkin Turkman
Water and Power Minister Ahmed Shakar Karkar Uzbek Water and Power Minister Ahmed Shakar Karkar Uzbek
Irrigation Minister Haji Mangal Hussein Pashtun Irrigation & Environment Minister Ahmed Yusuf Nuristani Pashtun
Martyrs and Disabled Minister Abdullah Wardak Pashtun Martyrs and Disabled Minister Abdullah Wardak Pashtun
Higher Education Minister Sharif Faez Tajik Higher Education Minister Sharif Faez Tajik
Civil Aviation & Tourism Minister Abdul Rahman Civil Aviation & Tourism Minister Mir Wais Saddiq Tajik
Labor and Social Affairs Mir Wais Saddiq Tajik
Transportation Minister Sultan Hamid Hamid Hazara Transportation Minister Saeed Mohammed Ali Jawad Shiite Muslim
Education Minister Abdul Rassoul Amin Education Minister Yunus Qanooni Tajik
Rural Development Minister Abdul Mailk Anwar Tajik Rural Development Minister Hanif Asmar Pashtun
Supreme Court Chief Justice Sheikh Hadi Shinwari Pashtun


  1. ^ "Standoff Builds Over Afghan Cabinet"
  2. ^ "In nod to U.S., Karzai to keep current ministers in top cabinet jobs"
  3. ^ "Afghan Officials: Karzai to Keep Half His Cabinet"
  4. ^ "Karzai's cabinet conundrum"
  5. ^ "Afghan Officials: Half of Karzai's Cabinet to Stay"
  6. ^ "Karzai to keep pro-West ministers"
  7. ^ "Afghan leader keeps top ministers in new cabinet"
  8. ^ a b c d e FACTBOX: Who are Karzai's new cabinet picks, Reuters, 2010-01-09
  9. ^ "Afghanistan's second list of Cabinet nominees"
  10. ^ "Karzai offers new cabinet list, but several lawmakers continue to have qualms"
  11. ^ "New Afghan Cabinet Picks Still Generate Resistance"
  12. ^ "FACTBOX - Who are Karzai's new cabinet picks?"
  13. ^ "Afghan president's new Cabinet picks include controversial figure - President Hamid Karzai drops one warlord and three associates of a former militia commander from his list, but a new nominee has been linked to an insurgent leader"
  14. ^ "Karzai's new cabinet crisis"
  15. ^ "Doubt cast over Karzai's new cabinet selections - Allegations of corruption and inexperience dog second attempt to form government"
  16. ^ "Afghanistan's parliament examines Karzai's new Cabinet candidates"
  17. ^ Afghanistan Online: Members of President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet
  18. ^ Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments CIA World Leaders, March 30, 2009
  19. ^ a b c Thomas H. Johnson (February 2006). "The Prospects for Post-Conflict Afghanistan: A Call of the Sirens to the Country’s Troubled Past". V. Strategic Insights. Retrieved 2009-06-29.  


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