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Afghan Parliament Approves New Interior Minister, Attorney General

Afghan lawmakers have approved the government’s nominees for interior minister and attorney general, offering a boost to an administration undermined by infighting since it was formed following a disputed election in 2014.

Parliament on April 8 voted overwhelmingly to confirm Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid, a former army general, and Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hamidi, a former member of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.

The two new appointees will be crucial to the government's top priorities: tackling the Taliban insurgency and combating endemic corruption.

Both were nominated in February after the resignation of former Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi, who had faced fierce criticism over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan.

Wrangling persists over the defense portfolio, which is still formally held by an acting minister more than a year after the national unity government led by President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was formed.

Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, is also without a permanent director after the former head resigned in December.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Tolonews