Karzai's inauguration speech contained all the key phrases: corruption, national reconciliation and unity, and security.The international community has demanded the Afghan leader do more to tackle rampant corruption. Mr Karzai said he would host a conference on the issue in the coming months. He promised to take a tougher line and sack officials found to be corrupt. There would be close scrutiny of the individuals he appoints to his cabinet.
But perhaps most significant was his call for Afghan security forces to take over control in five years. Can Karzai gain the confidence of the Afghan people, even as his traditional supporters in the West, voice their increasing concern at his corruption.
Inside Story discusses with guests Moin Marastial, a member of Afghan Parliament, Michael Semple, an Afghanistan analyst, and John Dempsey, the head of US institute of peace in Kabul, and a rule of law adviser.This episode of Inside Story can be seen from Thursday, November 19, 2009 at the following times GMT: 1730, 2230; Friday 0430 and 1030.