Dec 19, 2005

Afghan Democracy-D day!

Historical day here today ! Afghanistan took another toddler step in democracy - inaugurated its first parliament (after three decades of war) with an emotional ceremony

MPs put hands on copies of the holy Koran as they were sworn -in. In a house dominated by war lords, it was encouraging to see many women .In fact,women had 25 percent of seats reserved for them .Not a bad start for democracy!

"Let me tell the world that Afghanistan is rising from the ashes of invasion and will live forever," said President Hamid Karzai , his voice breaking with emotion, amidst applause and tears from the new MPs.

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