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|Suhaila Seddiqi (Tajik)
Who she is: Suhaila Seddiqi is health minister in the interim government.
She is a respected doctor and well-known former army general who lives in Kabul. She served as a surgeon in Kabul's 400-bed military hospital for two decades.
What she believes: Although close to the family of the exiled former king, she is not associated with any of the political factions.
She never left Afghanistan and played a key role in keeping the hospital functioning through the 1990s when rocket attacks caused thousands of casualties.
Even the Taleban were forced to give Seddiqi back her job after briefly removing her from the post.
Profile: Suhaila Seddiqi
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