Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Long Live Iraq?

from my cousin:
Congratulation's for our Iraq independence day   
I'm feeling optimistic our this first step
for political & social & economical in dependency
... you should be optimistic too
we have hopes for voting
we have chance to be really free

one day ago...

Iraq's US-led administration this morning transferred sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government in a surprise move that came two days ahead of the scheduled June 30 handover date.

The transfer of power took place in a ceremony in Baghdad's heavily guarded green zone, where Paul Bremer, the outgoing US governor, signed over control of the country - and its escalating security troubles - to the interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi.

"This is a historic day. We feel we are capable of controlling the security situation," Mr Allawi said after the ceremony, which was followed a few hours later by the swearing in of members of the new government.