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Kabul Seeks Historic, Female Appointment For Governor

Kabul, 15 February 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The Afghan government is preparing the way for the country to get its first female provincial governor.

Presidential spokesman Jawed Ludin said today that officials have prepared an all-female list for the governorship of central Bamiyan Province. He said one of the women on the list will get the job.

Ludin said that former Women's Affairs Minister Habiba Sarobi is included on the list.

Sarobi has previously said that a female governor has a good chance of gaining acceptance in Bamiyan, where women have been traditionally freer to work and gain education than in other, more conservative parts of the country.

(with additional AP reporting)