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Afghan Interior Minister Loses No-Confidence Vote

One of Afghanistan's top security chiefs has lost a confidence vote after less than a year in office.

Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang lost the vote by parliament 136 to 60 Monday, after accusations that he failed to improve security conditions against Taliban insurgents.

Patang took over in August last year after parliament voted out his predecessor, Bismillah Mohammadi, who was criticized for the same reason.

It is not clear whether President Hamid Karzai will accept the vote to remove Patang, as the president tries to strengthen his government ahead of the pullout of NATO troops from Afghanistan next year.

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