New Parliament to Convene in Afghanistan

Four years after the overthrow of the Taliban, a new Afghan parliament will meet for the first time on Monday. The meeting is the latest step in a plan to bring democracy to the country after three decades of conflict.

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Afghanistan is preparing for the meeting of its new parliament. Four years after the overthrow of the Taliban, the Afghan parliament meets for the first time on Monday. This is the latest step in the effort to bring democracy to the country following decades of war. Now one reporter in Kabul describes the lineup of the Parliament as a who's who of protagonists of the bloody past. Some of those same warlords and gunmen won seats in the legislature, which is disappointing to some new politicians who hope to limit the warlords' influence. The hope is that Afghans will find ways to overcome the differences that they fought out in coups and on battlefields since the 1970s.

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