Response to IAWM position on Iraqi elections
Here is some more election news from Al-Jazeera. It seems that democracy is breaking out all over. Let's hope it succeeds...
Afghan parliament sworn in
Monday 19 December 2005, 12:03 Makka Time, 9:03 GMT
Members of the first Afghan parliament for more than 30 years were sworn in amid concern by rights groups about abuses and further threats by the Taliban.
Swearing in ceremony
Members of the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga, or lower house, and the 102-member upper house, or Meshrano Jirga, placed their hands on the Quran, the Muslim holy book, and were sworn in by Hamid Karzai, the president.
"I thank God that today I am participating in a ceremony that is a step towards rebuilding Afghanistan after decades of fighting"
Former Afghan king
They swore to respect Islam, the constitution and the law after presidential elections won by US-backed Karzai last year and parliamentary polls in September.
The inauguration was the culmination of a plan to bring democracy to Afghansitan, drawn up after the US-led invasion in 2001 and later backed by the UN.
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