Cabinet of Afghanistan

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The Cabinet of Afghanistan is made of the heads of all the government ministries. The president selects the members of cabinet with the approval of the National Assembly of the country.

Current cabinet of Ministers[edit]

National Unity Government[edit]

Portfolio Name Years Status
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani 2014-present Chosen by electorate
First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum 2014-present Chosen by electorate
Second Vice President Sarwar Danish 2014-present Chosen by electorate
Foreign Affairs Minister Salahuddin Rabbani 2015-present Approved by Parliament
National Defense Minister Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai 2015-present Acting Deference minister, Couldn't secure enough votes from parliament.
Interior Affairs Minister Nur ul-Haq Ulumi 2015-present Approved by parliament
Finance Minister Eklil Ahmad Hakimi 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Economy Minister Abdul Sattar Murad 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Information and Culture Minister Abdul Bari Jahani 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Education Minister Assadullah Hanif Balkhi 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Higher Education Minister Farida Momand 2015-present Approved by Parliament.
Trade and Commerce Minister Humayoon Rasaw 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Water and Energy Minister Ali Ahmad Osmani 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Transportation and Aviation Minister Muhamadullah Batash 2015-present Approved by Parliament.
Public Works Minister Mahmoud Baligh 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Women's Affairs Minister Dilbar Nazari 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Haj and Islamic Affairs Minister Faiz Mohammad Osmani 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Agriculture Minister Assadullah Zameer 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Mines Minister Daud Shah Saba 2015-Present Approved by Parliament
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Abdul Raziq Wahidi 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled Nasreen Owryakhel 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Border Affairs and Tribal Affairs Minister Mohammad Gulab Mangal 2015-present Approved by parliament
Housing and Urban Development Affairs Minister Sayed Mansur Naderi 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Counter Narcotics Minister Salamat Azimi 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Refugees and Repatriation Minister Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi 2015-present Approved by Parliament
Chief of the National Directorate of Security Rahmatullah Nabil 2015-present Approved by the parliament
National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar 2015-present Appointed by Ashraf Ghani

Previous Administrations[edit]

Main article: Second Karzai cabinet

Karzai administration 2009–2014[edit]

After winning a second term, President Hamid Karzai nominated 23 ministers in December 2009 to be part of his new administration but only 7 were approved by the Afghan Parliament. All the other candidates that Karzai initially selected were rejected by members of the parliament.[1] Karzai presented a second list of 18 candidates to the Wolesi Jirga on 9 January 2010. A week later, the Wolesi Jirga again approved only seven of the candidates.[2] Since then, part of the ministries have been governed by acting ministers who do not held approval of the Afghan legislature.

In June 2010, after the resignation of Interior Minister Hanif Atmar, President Karzai submitted 7 names for a third round of confirmation in the parliament. Five of them were approved by the Afghan Parliament, leaving only six of the 25 ministries left with an 'acting minister.' [3] In the line chart below is the list of members of the current Afghan Cabinet (2009–2014).[4]

Portfolio Name Years Status
President Hamid Karzai 2009-2014 Chosen by electorate
First Vice President Mohammed Fahim 2009-2014 Chosen by electorate, died March 2014
Yunus Qanuni 2014-2014 Approved by Parliament
Second Vice President Karim Khalili 2009-2014 Chosen by electorate
Foreign Affairs Minister Zalmai Rassoul 2010-2013 Resigned in 2013 to run for president
Zarar Ahmad Moqbel 2013-2014 Approved by Parliament
Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak 2010-2012 Voted out of office by Parliament in 2012
Bismillah Khan Mohammadi 2012-2014 Approved by Parliament
Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar 2010-2010 Resigned June 2010
Bismillah Khan Mohammadi 2010-2012 Approved by Parliament, voted out of office by Parliament in 2012
Ghulam Mujtaba Patang 2012-2013 Was voted out of office by Parliament in 2013
Mohammad Omar Daudzai 2013-2014 Approved by Parliament
Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal 2010-2014 Approved by Parliament
Economic Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal 2010-2014 Approved by Parliament
Justice Minister Habibullah Ghaleb 2010-2014 Approved by Parliament, died in March 2014
Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Sayed Makhdum Raheen 2010-2014 Approved by Parliament
Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak 2010-2014 Approved by Parliament
Higher Education Minister Sarwar Danish 2010-2012 Rejected by Parliament, served ad acting minister
Obaidaullah Obaid 2012-2014 Rejected by Parliament in 2010, but in 2012 nomated again and approved
Trade and Commerce Minister Ghulam Mohammad Eelaqi 2010-2010 Rejected by Parliament, served as acting minister
Anwar ul-Haq Ahady 2010-2013 Approved by Parliament, resigned in 2013 to run for president
Mohammad Shakir Kargar 2013-2014 Approved by Parliament
Water and Energy Minister Ismail Khan 2010-2013 Rejected by Parliament in 2010, served as acting minister, spproved in 2012. Resigned in 2013 to become running mate of Abdurrab Rasul Sayaf.
Mohammad Arif Noorzai 2013-2014 Approved by Parliament
Transportation and Aviation Minister Mohammadulla Batash 2010-2010 Rejected by Parliament, served half a year as acting minister
Daoud Ali Najafi 2010-2014 Rejected in 2010, served as acting minister, approved by Parliament in 2012 [5]
Public Works Minister Sohrab Ali Safari 2010-2010 Never proposed to parliament, acting minister until 2010
Abdul Qadus Hamidi 2010-2012 Approved by Parliament in 2010
Najibullah Aoudjan 2012-2014 Approved by Parliament
Women's Affairs Minister Husn Bano Ghazanfar 2010-2014 Rejected by Parliament in 2010, served as acting minister and approved in 2012
Haj and Islamic Affairs Minister Mohammad Yousef Niazi 2010-2014 Approved by Parliament
Public Health Minister Soraya Dalil 2010-2014 Rejected by Parliament in 2010, served as Acting Minister, Approved in 2012[5]
Agriculture Minister Mohammad Asif Rahimi 2010-2014 Approved by Parliament
Mines Minister Waheedullah Sharani 2010-2013 Approved by Parliament, Resigned in 2013 to become running mate to Qayum Karzai.
Mohammad Akbar Barakzai 2013-2014 Approved by parliament
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Amirzai Sangin 2010-2014 Rejected by Parliament in 2010, served as Acting Minister, Approved in 2012
Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Jarullah Mansouri 2010-2012 Approved by Parliament
Wais Ahmad Barmak 2012-2014 Approved by Parliament[5]
Work, Social Affairs, Martyred and Disabled Minister Amina Afzali 2010-2014 Approved by Parliament
Border Affairs and Tribal Affairs Minister Arsala Jamal 2010-2010 Rejected by Parliament, served as acting minister
Assadullah Khalid 2010-2012 Approved by Parliament
Azizullah Din Mohammad 2012-2013 Rejected by parliament, served as acting minister
Akram Khpalwak 2013-2014 Approved by parliament
Urban Development Minister Sultan Hussain 2010-2012 Rejected by parliament, served as acting minister
Hasan Abdullahai 2012-2014 Approved by Parliament[5]
Counter Narcotics Minister Zarar Ahmad Moqbel Osmani 2010-2013 Approved by Parliament, resigned in 2013 to become Foreign Affairs Minister
Mobarez Rashidi 2014-2014 Approved by Parliament
Refugees and Repatriation Minister Abdul Rahim 201-2010 Rejected by parliament, served as acting minister
Jamahir Anwari 2010-2014 Approved by Parliament
Chief of the National Directorate of Security Amrullah Saleh
Ibrahim Spinzada
Asadullah Khalid
Rahmatullah Nabil
Resigned in 2010
Acting head since 2010
National Security Advisor Rangeen Dadfar Spanta

Previous administrations[edit]

Karzai administration 2004–2009[edit]

In the line chart below is the list of members of the Afghan Cabinet from 2004 to 2009.[6][7]

Portfolio Minister Years Notes
President Hamid Karzai 2004-2009
First Vice President Ahmad Zia Massoud 2004-2009
Second Vice President Karim Khalili 2004-2009
Senior Minister Hedayat Amin Arsala 2006-2009 Post did not exist prior to 2006
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah
Rangin Dadfar Spanta
2004-2006
2006-2009[8]
Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak 2004-2009
Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali
Ahmad Moqbel Zarar
Mohamad Hanif Atmar
2004-2005[9]
2005-2008
2008-2009
Finance Minister Anwar ul-Haq Ahady
Omar Zakhilwal
2005-2009[10]
2009-2009
Economic Minister Mohammad Amin Farhang
Mohammad Jalil Shams
2004-2006
2006-2009
[8][11]
Justice Minister Sarwar Danish 2004-2009
Youth Minister
Information and Culture Minister
Culture and Youth Affairs Minister
.
Amina Afzali
Sayed Makhdum Rahin
Sayed Makhdum Rahin
Abdul Karim Khoram
2004-2006
2004-2006
2006-2006
2006-2009
Position merged with Minister of Culture in 2006
Position merged with Minister of Youth in 2006
Combination of the posts of minister of Youth Affairs and minister of Information and Culture
Education minister Noor Mohammad Qarqeen
Mohamad Hanif Atmar
Ghulam Farooq Wardak
2004-2006
2006-2008
2008-2009[8]
Higher Education Minister Ameer Shah Hasanyaar
Mohammad Azam Dadfar
[9][11] 2004-2006
2006-2009
Commerce Minister
Commerce and Industries Minister
.
.
Hedayat Amin Arsala
Mohammad Amin Farhang
Mohammad Haidar Reza
Wahidullah Shahrani
2004-2006[8]
2006-?
 ?-2008
2008-2009
Industries in 2006 transferred from portofolio of Mines to portofolio of Commerce
Water and Energy Minister Ismail Khan 2004-2009
Transportation and Aviation Minister Enayatullah Qasemi
Nimatullah Ehsan Jawed
Hamidullah Qaderi
Omar Zakhilwal
Hamidullah Farooqi
2004-2006
2006-2008
2008?-2008
2008-2009
2009-2009
[8][11]
Women's Affairs Minister Massouda Jalal
Husn Bano Ghazanfar
2004-2006
2006-2009
Haj and Islamic Affairs Minister Nematullah Shahrani 2004-2009
Public Welfare Minister Sohrab Ali Saffari 2004-2009
Public Health Minister Mohammad Amin Fatemi 2004-2009
Agriculture Minister Obaidullah Ramin
Mohammad Asif Rahimi
2004-2008
2008-2009
[8][11]
Mines and Industries Minister
Mines Minister
Mir Mohammad Sediq
Ibrahim Adel
2004-2006
2006-2009
Communications Minister Amirzai Sangin 2004-2009
Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Mohamad Hanif Atmar
Ehsan Zia
2004-2006
2006-2009
[8]
Work and Social Affairs Minister
Martyrs and Disabled Minister
Work, Social Affairs, Martyred and Disabled Minister
Sayed Ikramuddin Masoomi
Sediqa Balkhi
Noor Mohammad Qarqeen
2004-2006
2004-2006
2006-2009
The Ministry of Disabled and Martyrs was merged with the Ministry of Social Affairs in 2006
Border Affairs and Tribal Affairs Minister Azam Dadfar
Abdul Karim Brahui
2004-2008
2008-2009
Urban Development Minister Yousef Pashtun 2004-2009
Counter Narcotics Minister Habibullah Qaderi
General Khodaydad
2004-2008
2008-2009
Refugees and Repatriation Minister Azam Dadfar
Sher Mohammad Etebari
Abdul Karim Barahawi
2004-?
 ?-2009
2009-2009
Attorney General Mohammad Ishaq Aloko
Afghan National Security Adviser Zalmai Rassoul

Afghan Transitional Administration[edit]

The Bonn conference of December 2001 had installed an interim government, the 2002 Loya Jirga subsequently elected a transitional administration. From July 2002 until the presidential elections in October 2004, the Transitional Administration governed Afghanistan.

Transitional Afghan Ministers[12]
Transitional
Authority
Position
Name Incumbent/New
President Hamid Karzai Incumbent (before chairman)
Vice-President and
Defense Minister
Mohammed Fahim Incumbent
Vice-President Karim Khalili New
Vice-President Hedayat Amin Arsala New (was Finance Minister)
Vice-President and
Public Works Minister
Abdul Qadir
Abdul Ali
New (was Urban Affairs Minister) (killed on July 6, 2002)
New (Ali only took over the Public Works portfolio after July 6, 2002
Vice-President and
head of the Afghan Constitution Commission
Nematullah Shahrani New
Special Advisor on Security and
Education Minister
Yunus Qanuni Incumbent (Special Advisor on Security is new post)
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah Incumbent
Finance Minister Mohammad Ashraf Ghani New
Interior Minister Taj Mohammed Wardak
Ali Ahmad Jalali
New
New (Jalali replaced Wardak in January 2003)
Planning Minister Mohammad Mohaqiq Incumbent (but lost role as vice-chair)
Communications Minister Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai New
Borders Minister Arif Nurzai New (was Small Industries Minister)
Refugees Minister Intayatullah Nazeri Incumbent
Mines Minister Juma Muhammad Muhammadi New
Light Industries Minister Mohammed Alim Razm Incumbent
Health Minister Sohaila Siddiqi Incumbent
Commerce Minister Sayed Mustafa Kasemi Incumbent
Agriculture Minister Sayed Hussain Anwari Incumbent
Justice Minister Abbas Karimi Incumbent
Information and Culture Minister Saeed Makhdoom Rahim Incumbent
Reconstruction Minister Mohammed Fahim Farhang Incumbent
Haj and Mosques Minister Mohammed Amin Naziryar New
Urban Affairs Minister Yousef Pashtun
Gul Agha Sherzai
New
New (Sherzai took over on August 16, 2003)
Water and Power Minister Mohammad Shakir Karkar Incumbent (but los role as Vice-chair)
Irrigation & Environment Minister Ahmed Yusuf Nuristani New
Martyrs and Disabled Minister Abdullah Wardak Incumbent
Higher Education Minister Sharif Faez Incumbent
Civil Aviation & Tourism Minister Mirwais Sadiq New (was Labor and Social Affairs Minister)
Transportation Minister Sayed Mohammed Ali Jawad
Rural Development Minister Hanif Asmar New
Labor and Social Affairs Minister Noor Mohammad Qarqin
Woman's Affairs Minister Habiba Sorabi New
Supreme Court Chief Justice Hadi Shinwari
Security Advisor Zalmai Rassoul
State or Advisor-Minister for Women's Affairs Mahbooba Hoquqmal
Governor of the Afghan Central Bank Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi

Afghan interim administration[edit]

Following the ouster of the Taliban regime approximately two dozen leading Afghans met in Germany at the Bonn Conference to choose a leadership and set in place a timeline for the adoption of a new constitution for a new Afghan government, and the timeline for choosing an executive and legislature by democratic election.[12] In the chart below is the list of members of the Interim and Transitional Afghan authority (20 December 2001 – October 2004). The Afghan Interim Administration (AIA) was the first administration of Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime and was the highest authority of the country from 22 December 2001 until 13 July 2002.

Interim Ministers[12]
Interim
Administration
Position
Name Notes
Chairman Hamid Karzai Independent Pashtun tribal leader in exile in Pakistan
Vice-Chair and
Defense Minister
Mohammed Fahim Defense Minister of the United Islamic Front
Vice–Chair and
Women's Affairs
Sima Samar Founder of the Shuhada Organization and Shuhada Clinic in Quetta, Rome Group.
Vice-Chair and
Planning Minister
Mohammed Mohaqqeq Warlord fighting against the Taliban for the People's Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan in the United Islamic Front
Vice-Chair and
Water and Energy Minister
Ahmed Shakar Karkar United Islamic Front
Vice-Chair and
Finance Minister
Hedayat Amin Arsala Foreign Minister of the Islamic State of Afghanistan in the 90s. Rome group.
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah Foreign Minister of the United Islamic Front
Interior Minister Yunus Qanuni Interior Minister of the United Islamic Front
Communications Minister Abdul Rahim United Islamic Front
Borders Minister Amanullah Zadran Taliban leader, who defected after the American invasion, Rome Group
Refugees Minister Intayatullah Nazeri United Islamic Front
Small Industries Minister Aref Noozari United Islamic Front
Mines and Industry Minister Mohammed Alim Razm United Islamic Front
Health Minister Sohaila Siddiqi Has been in the governments of king Mohammed Zahir Shah and the communist regime of the 1970s and 1980s. Independent
Commerce Minister Sayed Mustafa Kasemi Spokesmen and leader of United National Front
Agriculture Minister Sayed Hussain Anwari Chief military commander of the Harakat-e Islami in the United National Front
Justice Minister Abbas Karimi United Islamic Front
Information and Culture Minister Saeed Makhdoom Rahim Poet and writer, Rome group
Reconstruction Minister Mohammed Fahim Farhang Rome Group
Haj and Mosques Minister Mohammad Hanif Balkhi Independent
Urban Affairs Minister Abdul Qadir Leader in the United National Front for the Hezb-e Islami Khalis faction
Public Works Minister Abdul Khaliq Fazal Rome group
Irrigation Minister Mangal Hussein Previously warlord for the Hezbi Islami Gulbuddin, Peshawar group
Martyrs and Disabled Minister Abdullah Wardak Leader in the United National Front for the Islamic Union for the Liberation of Afghanistan
Higher Education Minister Sharif Faez United Islamic Front
Civil Aviation & Tourism Minister Abdul Rahman Member of United Islamic Front, but he threw his support to former king Zahir Shah and became a member of the Rome Group
Labor and Social Affairs Mirwais Saddiq Son of Ismail Khan, United Islamic Front
Transportation Minister Sultan Hamid Sultan
Education Minister Abdul Rassoul Amin Member of the National Islamic Front and the Rome group.
Rural Development Minister Abdul Malik Anwar United Islamic Front

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments CIA World Leaders, 30 March 2009
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  9. ^ a b "Short Biographies of Afghanistan new Cabinet members". Mashreqi.net. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
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