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Afghan President Swears in New Supreme Court Justices

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has sworn in the chief justice and five other judges on the country's Supreme Court.

A government statement says the ceremony took place Saturday at the presidential palace in Kabul.

The judges took the oath less than a week after the country's parliament overwhelmingly approved their nominations.

U.S.-educated Abdul Salam Azimi, a former university professor, became chief justice. He served as Mr. Karzai's advisor before being nominated for the new post.

Azimi replaces Fazel Hadi Shinwari, whose reappointment in May had been rejected by lawmakers. Shinwari had held the post since shortly after the ouster of the Taleban regime in late 2001.

The Supreme Court plays a crucial role in Afghanistan, especially in the struggle over how much influence Islam should have in government and society.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.