Hamid Karzai sworn in as president of Afghanistan

Hamid Karzai has been sworn in for a second elected term as Afghan ‎president‎

Updated: (11.19.2009)

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". ‎

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