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Historic Parliament Seated in Afghanistan

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has sworn in the country's new parliament, including former warlords, women's activists and former Taleban militants.

Mr. Karzai said the formation of the country's first democratically- elected assembly in more than 30 years shows that the "people of Afghanistan are united." Several dignitaries attended the ceremony in Kabul, including Vice President Dick Cheney who promised to continue supporting the central Asian country. In Washington, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the seating of the 351-seat was the final step in an international effort that began with the ouster of the Taleban four years ago. Afghan security forces deployed across Kabul to prevent violence during Monday's ceremony. Taleban guerrillas killed three policemen in eastern Kunar province.

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