Fingers crossed, a government at last

January 15, 2015 2:55 PM

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AFTER more than three months of squabbles and infighting, President Ashraf Ghani and his chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, have at last unveiled a list of ministers to be approved in parliament. The cabinet is the first fruit of the two former rivals’ agreement in September to form a government of national unity, after a disputed presidential election. The much-mocked delay, which has led to a sharp drop in Mr Ghani’s approval ratings, even encouraged the Taliban to chime in on Twitter to the effect that perhaps the cold weather in Kabul, the capital, had frozen the cabinet.

In truth, with two people at the helm, twice the number of campaign loyalists had to be placated, while seeking a reasonably broad cabinet representation by ethnicity, geography and even sex involved much horse-trading. The outcome is, on the whole, a surprisingly young cabinet largely free of the i...

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