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Inaugural ceremony for new president discussed

Inaugural ceremony for new president discussed

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May 01, 2014 - 16:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered the creation of a commission to make preparations for the swearing-in of his successor.

Karzai’s office said in a statement that a high-level meeting discussed measures for holding the inaugural ceremony for the incoming president.

Leading presidential runners Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Vice-Presidents Mohammad Yunus Qanuni and Karim Khalili took part in the meeting.

Acting Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon Speaker Abdul Latif Ibrahimi and Karzai’s Chief of Staff Abdul Karim Khurram were also in attendance.

The statement said the participants decided on constituting a commission to prepare the inaugural ceremony in a befitting way. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was directed to send out invitations to foreign dignitaries.

Amid predictions of a runoff election next month, the final outcome of the April 5 ballot is expected on May 14. According to the preliminary results, Dr. Abdullah has won 44.9 percent of votes, followed by Ahmadzai with 31.5 percent.

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