Karzai to present new cabinet nominees Saturday
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's nominees for cabinet posts left vacant last week when lawmakers unexpectedly vetoed 17 candidates will be presented to Parliament on Saturday, an official said, Reuters reported.
Parliament's head of media relations, Hasib Noori, said the list of candidates would be unveiled around 10 am (0530 GMT)
There will be 18 names on the list because it also includes a candidate for foreign minister, a post that was not filled in Karzai's original line-up.
"It is expected that today the list will be introduced by one of Karzai's vice-presidents," Noori said.
"It includes the foreign minister," he added, declining to give details.
Lawmakers will have to question candidates before voting can take place, a process that took over a week for the original 24.
Parliament's rejection of over two thirds of Karzai's first slate was a major political blow to a man who has been Afghanistan's leader since U.S.-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in 2001.
Only seven ministers were confirmed in their posts, almost all incumbents in key portfolios including defence, finance, interior and education, who spend a large chunk of foreign aid.
If Karzai fails to have his cabinet approved in the next few weeks he will have to head to a London conference later this month seeking extra funds from Western donors without being able to say who will control a significant chunk.