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Newly-sworn in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (R) administers the oath to Abdullah Abdullah (L) as Afghanistan's new Chief Executive during the swearing in ceremony for the country's new president on September 29, 2014. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
Newly-sworn in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (R) administers the oath to Abdullah Abdullah (L) as Afghanistan's new Chief Executive during the swearing in ceremony for the country's new president on September 29, 2014. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Ashraf Ghani was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban.

A senior adviser to President Barack Obama said the change in leadership would allow Kabul to sign a long-awaited security pact on Tuesday permitting U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of the year.

Moments after Ashraf Ghani took the oath, he swore in his election challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, as chief executive, fulfilling a political pledge he had taken to share power and defuse election tensions that had threatened to spark violence between the country's north and southeast.

Kate Clark from the Afghanistan Analyst Network joins Here & Now's Robin Young to describe the scene in Kabul.

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This segment aired on September 29, 2014.

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