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PublishDate: Saturday, January 23, 2021 11:30

Ghani fires finance minister, appoints caretaker to the position

President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday dismissed finance minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal from his post and approved a new acting minister, said the Administrative Office of the President (AOP) in a statement.

Afghan Voice Agency_The AOP cited a number of reasons for this move including the delay in the collection of taxes, weak management, lack of commitment to good governance, not obeying Article 77 of the Constitution, violating Presidential decrees and directions, the lack of cooperation in an assessment of at the ministry and for trying to prevent the assessments, the statement read.


The added that Ghani approved Mohammad Khalid Payenda as acting finance minister.


Arghandiwal was a close ally of Ghani during his election campaigns and was appointed as acting minister of finance in March last year. 


He received a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) in November last year.


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