Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed five provincial governors as part of a government-declared effort to fight correction and spur reforms.
Among those dismissed are Mohammad Ghulab Mangal in Helmand Province, who is reportedly considered by British and U.S. officials as an important ally in the fight against the Taliban.
The four other sacked governors are those of the provinces of Kabul, Badghis in the west, Nimroz in the south, and Wardak, south of Kabul.
Another four governors were reshuffled between the provinces of Faryab and Takhar in the north, and Laghman and Logar, adjacent to Kabul.
Munshi Abdul Majeed, the governor of Baghlan, also in the north, was made an adviser to Karzai.
With reporting by Reuters and AFP