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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 19, 2005

President Congratulates the Afghan People on Inauguration of Afghan National Assembly

I congratulate the Afghan people on the inauguration of the new Afghan national assembly. Today is another milestone in Afghanistan's historic transition to a stable and democratic state governed by the rule of law. A freely and fairly elected legislature plays a vital role in the life of a representative democracy. I applaud the members of the national assembly on their service to their country and support their efforts, with President Karzai and his government, to improve the lives of the Afghan people.

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