KABUL: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday officiated at the swearing in ceremony of 16 new cabinet ministers who recently won votes of confidence from the Lower House of Parliament.
Senior officials including 1st Vice-President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, the 2nd Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, Government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and 1st Deputy Chief Executive Engineer Mohammad Khan were present.
The ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace.
The following ministers were sworn in: Homayoun Rasa Minister of Commerce and Industries; Farida Momand Minister of Higher Education; Asadullah Hanif Balkhi Minister of Education; Asadullah Zamir Minister of Agriculture and Livestock; Abdul Bari Jahani Minister of Information and Culture; Ali Ahmad Osmani Minister of Energy and Water; Sayed Saadat Mansoor Naderi Minister of Urban Development Affairs; Nasreen Oryakhil Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled; Dilbar Nazari Minister of Women Affairs; Mohammadullah Batash Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation; Abdul Satar Murad Minister of Economy; Abdul Basir Anwar Minister of Justice; Abdul Razaq Wahidi Minister of Communication and Information Technology; Mahmood Baligh Minister of Public Works; Salamat Azimi Minister of Counter-Narcotics; Mohammad Gulab Mangal Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs.
The ministers of swore to protect the Holy religion of Islam, respect the Constitution and other laws of Afghanistan, safeguard the rights of citizens as well as independence, territorial integrity and the national unity of the people of Afghanistan, and, in all deeds consider the Almighty’s presence, and perform their entrusted duties honestly.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Ghani congratulated the cabinet ministers and wished them every success in serving the people of Afghanistan.
Ghani said: “Over the next three weeks you should draw up our cabinet’s first hundred-day plan and then go out and perform,”.
May god help the cabinet, government and the nation succeed, Ghani added. (Tolo News)