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Afghans to have Islamic republic

A draft Afghan constitution has been unveiled, setting out a new political system and defining Islam’s role in the country. It calls for the creation of an Islamic republic, with a presidential system, and where citizens have equal rights. The draft will be debated by a loya jirga grand assembly next month, paving the way for possible elections in 2004. A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said Afghanistan needed stability and the new constitution was made with “the next 100, 200 years” in mind. The ceremony came as a delegation from the UN Security Council toured the country to examine post-war reconstruction efforts. Full Story

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