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Saturday, 22 December, 2001, 22:10 GMT
In pictures: Afghanistan's day of change
Afghanistan's new leader, Hamid Karzai, has been sworn in as head of a 30-strong United Nations-backed government at an emotional ceremony in the capital, Kabul.

A British peacekeeper outside the interior ministry in Kabul
Security was tight for the swearing-in ceremony

tribal elders
About 2,000 tribal elders and foreign diplomats attended

A man holds a placard commemorating the late anti-Taleban commander Ahmed Shah Masood
The name of Ahmed Shah Masood, the Northern Alliance leader killed by the Taleban regime, was frequently mentioned

Hamid Karzai is sworn in
Hamid Karzai took the oath of office...

Afghan leader Hamid Karzai (centre) prays with General Muhammad Fahim (left), defence minister of Afghanistan
...before leading prayers for the new government

peace demo
Most Afghans want peace after 23 years of war

Afghan women at a rally outside the swearing-in ceremony
Women want to lose their second-class status
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