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Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghanistan's new president

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Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghanistan's new president


Afghanistan has just inaugurated its first new president in a decade. Ashraf Ghani has been sworn in to head a power-sharing government.

Ghani will share power with his election opponent Abdullah Abdulla. Both candidates claimed victory after the election.

Abdullah will serve as chief executive, a new role created to break a three-month deadlock.

Already there have been signs of tension between the two leaders. A dispute over office space and whether Abdullah would speak at the inauguration led to threats that his camp would boycott the ceremony, according to an Abdullah aide.

Ghani is a former finance minister and used to work at the World Bank.

His administration will immediately face a fiscal crisis.

A finance ministry official said over the weekend that Afghanistan is so broke it can not pay its civil servants’ salaries for October.

Many hope Ghani can use his experience to turn the country around.

Ghani succeeds Hamid Karzai, the only leader Afghans have known since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Before the ceremony took place, a suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint near the airport in Kabul, according to a member of the security forces.

It was not immediately clear how many people were killed and wounded in the blast.

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