Officials: Karzai to keep half his Cabinet

President Hamid Karzai (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

December 18, 2009 7:44:05 AM PST
Facing intense pressure to reform, President Hamid Karzai plans to replace heads of two ministries linked to corruption while retaining several others favored by the West, Afghan officials said Friday. The lineup is an apparent bid to balance U.S. demands and appease local power bosses who helped him win re-election.