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DeMint Welcomes Transfer of Sovereignty in Iraq

Location: Washington, DC

DeMint Welcomes Transfer of Sovereignty in Iraq

Washington, Jun 28 - U.S. Representative Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) today welcomed the news that The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq stepped down today, two days earlier than anticipated, and handed over its power to the Iraqi people. The CPA turned over authority to the Iraqi interim government led by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who will lead the reconstruction of the country until a national election is held in early 2005.

"Today is a celebration of hope for the Iraqi people. The Iraqi people can now take control of their government and their future by creating a society that protects the rights endowed to us by our creator - life, liberty and freedom," DeMint said.

"This early transfer of power helps the Iraqi people seize the initiative from the thugs who are intent an establishing Taliban-like governments throughout the Middle East," DeMint added. "Today's handover also further dispels the myth that Iraq is an imperial adventure for the United States. Iraq is not America's beachhead in the Middle East; Iraq is freedom's beachhead against the tyranny of violent Islamic extremism."

"The true historic impact of today's transfer of sovereignty is dependent upon the ingenuity of the Iraqi people and the resolve of the United States and our allies. In the coming months, I look forward to working with President Bush to help ensure Iraq is able to fully join the community of free nations," DeMint said.

"The road ahead will be long and fraught with peril but we will prevail. We know from our own history that democratic institutions take decades to mature, and we know from past conflicts that freedom is not free. Sacrifices will be made among all sides, but our troops and citizens should take pride in the fact that our sacrifices are being made in the just cause of freedom. A free and stable Iraq will be a shining light against the shadow of Islamic extremism," DeMint said.

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