Afghanistan has inaugurated its new parliament - the first in the war-ravaged country for more than 30 years.
Former King Zahir Shah, who was ousted in 1973, said in an emotional address that the country would be rebuild and its 'people will succeed'.
President Hamid Karzai then urged the 351 MPs to unite in tackling the nation's enormous challenges.
The new assembly is an uneasy mix of former warlords, communists, Taleban leaders and women activists.
The brief opening session was attended by US Vice President Dick Cheney and other top foreign dignitaries.
Crowds lined up outside the parliament building to mark what is seen by many as a milestone in the country's transition.
Security was stepped up in Kabul amid fears that insurgents would try to target the landmark gathering.