Abdullah rejects joining new Afghan govt

Technocrats and some existing ministers will be appointed to Afghan President Karzai's new government.

Abdullah rejects joining new Afghan govt

Technocrats and some existing ministers will be appointed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai's new government, a spokesman said on Wednesday, but his main rival branded his re-election illegal and ruled out taking any part.

"I have no interest in the future cabinet of Karzai's government and I will pursue my agenda, which is change," former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah told a news conference at his Kabul home.

The run-off, triggered after widespread fraud marred the first round in August, was cancelled after Karzai's only rival, Abdullah, withdrew citing serious concerns about the vote.

Abdullah said the government-appointed Independent Election Commission's (IEC) decision to cancel the Nov. 7 run-off was illegal and said Karzai would not be able to deliver reform.

"A government which is derived from such an illegal decision will not be able to deliver," Abdullah said in his first public comments since the IEC's decision.

Reuters

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