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Time Running Out for Afghanistan's Loya Jirga to Determine New Government - 2002-06-16


Afghanistan's grand assembly has just two more days to decide on how to choose a transitional government to rebuild the war-torn country.

The Loya Jirga and newly-elected Afghan President Hamid Karzai were unable to reach a consensus Saturday. Mr. Karzai's supporters say his mandate calls for him to name the cabinet, but some assembly delegates insist such decisions should be made by the entire country.

Mr. Karzai also urged the more than 15-hundred assembly delegates to elect a transitional parliament to ensure the members of the new Afghan government do not deviate from the administration's goals.

Mr. Karzai was elected president of the new transitional government Thursday.

The Loya Jirga is being held under a huge tent in the Afghan capital. It has been marked by heated comments from the delegates -- who have spoken on issues ranging from criticism of Afghan's former king to concerns that too many warlords remain in the country.

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