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Finance ministry partition revoked

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has canceled a decree he had previously issued to restructure the finance ministry, the ministry says.

Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, who was recently nominated by Ghani as the caretaker finance minister, said Tuesday that the president returned all finance ministry’s authorities to the body by a fresh order.

“The president had previously said that parts of the finance ministry needed to be independent. But, he now says that there is no need for that,” said Arghandiwal.

Ghani had called for separating key departments such as incomes, customs and budget from the structure of finance ministry.

Arghandiwal called the departments as “basic pillars” of the ministry, assuring that all works of the ministry would be done under the body’s leadership and nobody would have the rights of meddling.

Ghani’s order for the partition of finance ministry angered his allies in Washington, with Alice Wells, the US Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, expressed concerns over the decision.

“The people of Afghanistan need to have a responsible government,” Well twitted.

The US officials were concerned of corruption in the case of minimizing of the finance ministry that maintains financial and budget stability in Afghanistan.

The US believes that finance ministry is one of trustable bodies in Afghanistan for donor states, warning of losing trust by the donor if it was minified.

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