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Elected Parliament in Afghanistan Convenes

Afghanistan’s first popularly elected parliament in more than three decades convened Monday, marking a major step toward democracy following the ouster of the hardline Taliban. But there were concerns about whether the legislature would be a constructive political force. More than half of the new lawmakers are regional strongmen, and fears were high that they will block efforts to reform government and bring to justice those responsible for years of bloodshed. Full Story

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