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Two blasts hit Kabul amid parallel Afghan presidential inauguration ceremonies
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gestures as he speaks during a gathering in Jalalabad on March 3, 2020. (AFP)

Two blasts were reported in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul on Monday during parallel presidential inauguration ceremonies.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in for a second term on Monday but his main rival for the top job refused to recognize the inauguration, holding his swearing-in ceremony as a rival president. Kabul 

Television footage showed Ghani taking an oath at the Presidential palace in Kabul at a ceremony attended by several foreign diplomats, including US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

Presidential candidate and rival in a disputed election Abdullah Abdullah held his ceremony at a similar time, suggesting talks between the two camps and Khalilzad aimed at brokering an agreement had not been successful. Levant

source: Reuters