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Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai sworn in as president of Afghanistan

Sep 29, 2014 13:30 IST

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on 29 september 2014 was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. The sworn in ceremony was held at the presidential palace in Kabul.

The event marked the country's first democratic transfer of power since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Nearly 1400 national and international dignitaries, including more than 200 delegates from the US, China, Pakistan, India and other countries, participated in the ceremony.

Ghani suceeded Hamid Karzai. He was sworn in after a three month standoff over disputed election results. The elections were held in Afghanistan on 14 June 2014.

After the mediation of US and UN, the tensions were strained away with the signing of Unity deal between Ghani and his rival Abdul Abdullah.

Moreover, after an audit of nearly eight million ballot papers Ghani was declared president.

About Ashraf Ghani

• He was an academic in the US, and worked for the World Bank
• Served as finance minister from 2002-2004 under President Hamid Karzai
• He fell out with President Karzai in 2004 and became Chancellor of Kabul University, where he was seen as an effective reformer
• He has been a vocal critic of the way international aid money has been wasted in Afghanistan
• He has a well-known reputation for having a quick temper.

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