January 13, 1991 |
The Polish Parliament approved the new Cabinet choices of Prime Minister Jan Krzysztof Bielecki. "Our program is the market economy," Bielecki told the chamber before it approved his 19-man Cabinet, which has only two members without ties to the Solidarity union. After a daylong debate, in which many of the 60 speakers attacked Bielecki's program, 272 Sejm (lower house) deputies voted to approve his Cabinet, four were against and 62 abstained.
June 27, 1989 |
Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov agreed today to withdraw the names of six of his Cabinet choices who were not endorsed by legislative committees, marking the first time in Soviet history that a Parliament has rejected high government candidates. Ryzhkov, acknowledging that the revamped Supreme Soviet had turned down nearly half of his proposed 13-member Cabinet, told the newly emboldened lawmakers that he would nominate other people for the senior posts, Tass press agency said. The rejected candidates included two present Cabinet members Ryzhkov had wanted to remain on the job, Culture Minister Vasily Zakharov and Marat Gramov, chairman of the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports.
January 17, 2010 |
The Afghan parliament Saturday once again rejected the majority of President Hamid Karzai's choices for his Cabinet, a rebuke likely to unnerve an international community that desperately wants the Afghan leader to forge ahead with reform plans. The rejection of 10 of the 17 nominees means that Karzai will have to go back to parliament a third time to gain approval for his Cabinet choices, and raises questions about his political strength. After he presented his initial slate of 24 nominees Jan. 2, lawmakers rejected 17 of them.
November 23, 2008
Re "The myth of 'Rivals,' " Opinion, Nov. 18 Thank you for publishing Matthew Pinsker's wise caution on comparing the president-elect's Cabinet choices with Abraham Lincoln's "Team of Rivals." Comparing Lincoln's perplexing friendship with antislavery Congressman Owen Lovejoy to Barack Obama's baffling alliance with Hillary Rodham Clinton could provide more hopeful possibilities. In both situations, the president recognized the political strength of the other's more liberal constituency, the effectiveness of their skills and the extent of their personal contacts, while being well aware of a few basic differences in style and policy.
December 20, 2008 |
The Cabinet that President-elect Barack Obama completed on Friday is a largely centrist and pragmatic collection of politicians and technocrats without a pronounced ideological bent. Liberals are satisfied but not delighted. Conservatives say the nominees aren't as leftist as they'd feared. Powerful interest groups with conflicting agendas are appeased. But compared with what comes next, assembling the 15-member team was the easy part.
January 21, 2009 |
The Senate, acting within hours of President Obama's inauguration, confirmed six of his Cabinet secretaries and his budget director Tuesday, but postponed for one day a vote on the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State. Sen.