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Ghani sworn in as Afghan president amid crisis

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:28 PM, 9 March 2020  

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in for a second term Monday as his rival Abdullah Abdullah held a parallel inauguration that could plunge the country deeper into crisis ahead of peace talks with the Taliban.

“I swear by the name of God that I shall obey and protect the holy religion of Islam, respect and supervise the implementation of the constitution”, Ghani said at an oath-taking ceremony attended by hundreds of people, including visiting foreign dignitaries, diplomats and senior political figures.

Mr. Ghani was declared as the winner of the election held last September, but Mr. Abdullah, who disputed the vote, held a parallel ceremony surrounded by hundreds of supporters during which he vowed to "safeguard the independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity" of Afghanistan.

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