Ghani Sworn In As New Afghan President

Ashraf Ghani sworn-in Monday as Afghanistan’s new president for a second term after repeated delays and accusations of voter fraud.

Representatives from 14 international institutions, 17 Pakistani politicians and around 4 thousand guests including women have attended the ceremony which was held inside the presidential palace with tight restrictions on those allowed in.

The oath-taking ceremony for Ghani at the Arg palace — the presidency, was scheduled for early morning around 9.00 a.m. (0430GMT), but it was postponed for undeclared reasons.

Polls were held in September but incumbent Ashraf Ghani was only declared to have won a second term in February, sparking a furious response by former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, who vowed to form his own parallel government.

In the meantime, at a distance of few meters, Ghani’s electoral rival Abdullah is scheduled to swear-in as Afghanistan’s new president in the upcoming minutes.

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