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Afghan President Accepts Top Ministers' Dismissal

Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivers a speech (July 8 2012 file photo)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accepted a decision by parliament to dismiss his two top security ministers.

However, Karzai said Sunday that the two will remain in office until their replacements are appointed.

Afghanistan's parliament voted Saturday to remove Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi after a series of recent insurgent attacks and cross-border shelling incidents blamed on Pakistan.

The two were the top ministers in Karzai's Cabinet. Their dismissal comes as the Afghan leader is trying to show stability in his government ahead of the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan.