Afghan defense minister nominee drops out after two days

April 9, 2015 1:27 PM

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KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan cabinet's latest choice for defense minister dropped out on Wednesday, just two days after being nominated for the job, underlining tensions between the president and rival parties within the national unity government.

General Mohammad Afzal Ludin was to have taken charge of the country's army at a time when most foreign troops have withdrawn and Afghan forces are battling the resilient Taliban insurgency largely alone.

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