Hamid Karzai was declared the victor of Afganistan's bitterly fought presidential contest after a second round vote was cancelled by election officials.
British and American officials rushed to congratulate Mr Karzai as the country's "legitimate leader" as the international community tried to draw a line under months of paralysing political limbo following the Aug 20 vote which was mired in fraud.
But London and Washington also made clear that they expect him to make immediate moves towards bolstering the ranks of the armed forces, tackling corruption and giving the defeated opposition a role within his new government.
The White House said there would be "hard conversations" ahead during the early weeks of Mr Karzai's second term, while Gordon Brown called on Mr Karzai to set out a "unifying" programme for Afghanistan.
After initially insisting t
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