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Afghan Pres. Karzai holds first Cabinet meeting outside Kabul

Afghan Pres. Karzai holds first Cabinet meeting outside Kabul

President Hamid Karzai took his ministers to eastern Afghanistan on Monday for the first of a series of mobile Cabinet meetings that will be held in a different province each month.
Karzai chaired the meeting in Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern Nangarhar province, said government spokesman Asif Nang.
"This is the first time in decades that a regular Cabinet meeting has been held in a province," Nang said, adding that similar meetings will be held monthly in one of the country's 34 provinces.
Security was tight in Jalalabad as Karzai and his ministers met with more than 100 tribal leaders and provincial council members in the Nangarhar governor's office. Hundreds of Afghan security forces conducted patrols and set up roadblocks around the city.
The decision to take the entire Cabinet outside Kabul signals Karzai's attempt to reach out to the provincial governors and authorities, who help to extend the reach of his government in the provinces.
The meeting also comes ahead of the country's next presidential election. Karzai's first five-year term ends in 2009. He has yet to announce whether he will run again but is widely perceived by Kabul's diplomatic community as preparing for a campaign.


Updated : 2021-04-23 08:15 GMT+08:00