Afghan Parliament Opens


Afghanistan has formally inaugurated the new parliament following a political standoff with President Hamid Karzai.

The President had failed to win a delay to allow September’s disputed elections to be investigated following allegations of widespread fraud. He had previously refused to swear in the new parliament until the electoral court he established at the end of 2010 had the opportunity to review complaints from losing candidates. However, those members of parliament who had been elected argued that it was unconstitutional to delay the inauguration.

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