Hamid Karzai sworn in as president of Afghanistan
Hamid Karzai has been sworn in for a second elected term as Afghan president
Dignitaries from about 40 countries were attending the inauguration ceremony, including Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.K Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
President Hamid Karzai in his inauguration speech addressed the key question of corruption, saying that good governance came from good management and that he would take care to ensure his ministers were "competent and just".
He said corruption was a "dangerous problem", adding: "We will soon organize a conference in Kabul to organize new and effective ways to combat this problem."
President Karzai also said he would step up the battle against the production and trafficking of drugs. He said: “The Afghan government is determined to fight the trafficking and cultivation of drugs. Government officials found to be involved in drugs will be fired”.
Mr Karzai called for a loya jirga to help bring peace. He said that within next five years he hoped Afghan security forces would take the lead and the role for foreign troops would be reduced.
As he began another five years in office as president, Karzai thanked NATO allies for their sacrifices and assistance for bringing peace and security in Afghanistan.
President Hamid Karzai also invited his main defeated rival Abdullah Abdullah to work with him "for the prosperity of Afghanistan".