President Hamid Karzai has a third list of cabinet nominees ready to replace any who might be rejected by parliament, which votes this week on a second list after vetoing most of his first choices, a spokesman said. Lawmakers inflicted a heavy political blow on Karzai early this month when they rejected more than two thirds of his candidates for the cabinet, prolonging a period of months of political uncertainty after the presidential poll last August. On Jan. 12, parliamentarians held the second of four planned days of hearings to grill Karzai's replacement candidates. The new list excludes ex-guerrilla chiefs and their allies whose presence in the original list troubled many of Karzai's critics. However, it also includes a large number of little-known figures and others who were removed from the government in the past. (Reuters)

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