June 26, 2018 / 6:45 AM / in 10 months

Afghan finance minister resigns, citing personal reasons

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi, one of the top allies of President Ashraf Ghani, resigned on Tuesday, citing personal reasons.

Hakimi, a former ambassador to Washington and a trusted interlocutor with Western partners, has been a key force in Ghani’s government, overseeing efforts to boost Afghanistan’s tax revenues to reduce its dependence on foreign aid.

Speaking during a televised announcement of the decision, Hakimi said Wednesday would be his last day in office. He did not elaborate on the reason.

Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Robert Birsel

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