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Afghanistan's Karzai Vows to Establish Rule of Law

Afghanistan's newly-elected President Hamid Karzai says he plans to abolish private militias, end the power of warlords and establish the rule of law.

He said private militias will not be tolerated at all, and former fighters who surrender their arms will be integrated into the national mainstream.

In an interview with CNN Television Tuesday, Mr. Karzai also said Afghanistan plans to do everything in its power to eliminate the poppy cultivation used to illegally produce heroin. He said he would need the support of the international community to help farmers find alternative sources of income.

Mr. Karzai was echoing remarks he made last week after authorities confirmed his victory in the October 9 election, the first direct and democratic presidential poll in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.