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Former king Mohammad Zahir Shah returns to Afghanistan
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Saturday, 20 April 2002
Former king Mohammad Zahir Shah returned to Kabul after 29 years in exile. Zahir Shah will preside over the loya jirga process, with 1,051 representatives slated to be elected to the June assembly. The loya jirga is expected to chart the countrys political future. In other news, European Union foreign ministers warned the interim government it can expect little in the way of budgetary support unless the government establishes a transparent fiscal and monetary system.

"It is, first of all, a sign of returning to the normal situation. It is a sign of normalcy. It is also important in the sense of national unity, which is much needed nowadays in Afghanistan, perhaps more than any other time." Afghan interim Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, commenting on the historic return of Mohammad Zahir Shah.

Source: http://www.developmentex.com
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