KABUL -- The Afghan parliament has rejected the majority of President Hamid Karzai's second slate of Cabinet choices in a new setback to the U.S.-backed leader.
Lawmakers rejected 10 nominees for Cabinet posts and approved only seven in Saturday's vote.
The U.S. and other countries contributing troops and aid have pushed Karzai to get his second-term administration in place ahead of a Jan. 28 international conference on Afghanistan to be held in London.
The mixed results will further delay the process, two weeks after parliament rejected 70 percent of his first Cabinet picks.
It's a major blow to the president's effort to assemble a team that can focus on badly needed reforms in his country, in its ninth year of war.