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Afghanistan celebrates Liberation Day to remember the day that the last soldier from the Soviet Union left the country. Liberation Day is celebrated as a political holiday, featuring speeches on television from the Afghan President and government to stimulate national feelings. Many Afghans also view the day as a religious holiday, because the end of the Soviet occupation also resulted in the end of secular ideas from the Marxist government. The new Afghan government installed the Sharia law as the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Liberation Day was declared a holiday in 2005 and has been officially celebrated since 2007.