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H.E Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, was sworn as new president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

September 29, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan- H.E Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, was sworn as new president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and became the nation's first president to democratically take office from his predecessor.

The inauguration ceremony took place on Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. During the ceremony 1,400 national and international guests, representatives from 34 countries, including the EU and UN representative, were present during the oath-taking ceremony.

At this important occasion for Afghanistan, Government of Canada was represented by the Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and renewed their pledge to support and help the new elected Government of Afghanistan.

Moments after H.E Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took the oath as a new president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, he swore in H.E Dr Abdullah Abdullah, as a chief executive of new government.

H.E Hamid Karzi, as he presented his final farewell as the president of the country, at the ceremony said: "Our journey in the past 13 years has been full of ups and downs. I am proud to handover responsibilities to the president-elect in a peaceful process. Afghanistan is off on a good journey. And I will continue to be part of this journey. Long live Afghanistan. Long live our proud nation."
In his first speech, H.E Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai congratulated H.E Hamid Karzi, for a peaceful and democratic transition of power, and he thanked Abdullah for making the national unity government possible. The new president renewed his pledge to fight against corruption. "We want to be held accountable. I am your leader but I am no better than you. If I make mistakes, you should hold me accountable," H.E Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said.

The new elected president of Afghanistan called on the Taliban and other militants to join the country's political process and lay down their weapons. "We are tired of war,our message is peace, (but) this doesn't mean we are weak."

H.E Dr Abdullah Abdullah, chief executive of new government, spoke and thanked H.E Hamid Karzi for his service and the people of the country for casting votes in the millions in the election. "We are committed as one in the national unity government," Abdullah said. "Our commitment will be fulfilled together as unified team to create national unity." H.E Dr Abdullah Abdullah said.

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