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Hail to the Chief

Ghani inaugurated as Afghanistan's president

Ashraf Ghani took the oath of office as Afghanistan's new president on Monday, taking over the job from Hamid Karzai in the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history. Ghani, a former World Bank official, was sworn in under heavy security at the presidential palace in Kabul, with helicopters flying overhead and surrounding streets closed to traffic. Ghani is expected to quickly approve a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. that Karzai had refused to sign. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.