Hamid Karzai elected as President two months ago, swore in his cabinet which includes many reformers who were trained up in the United States.Ministers gave their oath of office on a copy of the Koran. One highly visible change, unthinkable just a couple of years ago, is the appointment of 3 women to top government posts. Warlords or powerful regional leaders were excluded from office this time around. It is a risky strategy as Karzai tries to extend his power outside the capital. Afghanistan still remains a highly dangerous place. The Taliban are far from finished and the new government will have trouble enforcing its will where tribal leaders are still in charge.
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