Afghanistan inaugurates new President

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Afghanistan's new President has been inaugurated bringing an end to a protracted and disputed election.

On Monday Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai became leader of Afghanistan's national unity government.

He will work closely with Abdullah Abdullah, the country's new Chief Executive Officer and runner-up of the election.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in the country, UNAMA congratulated both men saying they were carrying "the nation's expectations.

A political impasse arose last June after the presidential election was heavily disputed.

At the time, the two candidates agreed to the concept of a power sharing agreement while a UN-supervised audit of votes was carried out by the Independent Election Commission (IEC).

Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, says the many challenges facing the country can only be overcome through unity and statesmanship.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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