KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accepted the resignation of his spokesman, his office said in a statement Sunday. Wahid Omer, who had been in the post for 18 months, had the tough job of managing Karzai's relations with Afghan and international media amid increasing violence in Afghanistan and tense ties between Karzai and his Western allies.
It was not immediately clear why he quit. He previously submitted his resignation in January although at that stage it was rejected. However, now Karzai has accepted it, the presidential palace said in a statement which praised him as an "honest and patriotic man."
Since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban from power, Afghanistan's media has prospered, making the job of government spokesmen increasingly important.
There are now more than two dozen privately-run television channels plus dozens of radio stations and hundreds of newspapers and magazines in the war-torn country. (AFP)