(CNN) -- The war in Afghanistan is winnable, and corruption will be fought, Interior Minister Hanif Atmar told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, as President Hamid Karzai was being sworn in for a second five-year term in Kabul.
He said criticism from Afghanistan's international partners is unhelpful. "We accept part of the blame, but there are also issues that our international friends must also take responsibility for -- the blame game is not going to help."
Atmar's assertion was strongly disputed by former presidential candidate and finance minister Ashraf Ghani
. He said the government has become a "looting machine" in which 2,000 people are siphoning off cash.
Ghani said the new government must appoint people of integrity and judgment. Of those who are corrupt, Ghani said, "Without government positions they are nothing. As long as they are in control of the government, they will turn it into a force that is a threat to both the international security forces and to the Afghan people."
Asked if Karzai would get rid of corrupt officials, Ghani said, "If he doesn't, then he's going to fail the test of leadership. Kinship and ruling are not compatible.
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