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Karzai inaugurated for second presidential term

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Karzai inaugurated for second presidential term
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Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has been sworn-in for a second five year term in Kabul. A tight security clampdown to prevent possible Taliban attacks was in place in the Afghan capital ahead of the inauguration.

During his speech, Karzai said he hoped Afghanistan would be able to manage its own security within five years. He also offered a place in his new government to his rival presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. Many, however, believe Karzai has a lot to prove. Doubts over his legitimacy continue to linger after an election tainted by fraud and complaints his government is riddled with corruption. The West is demanding Karzai push through sweeping reforms. Yesterday, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington would support the new government but expected serious results in return.