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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Allawi Touts Iraq's Progress, Thanks U.S.

Yuo are wlelcome And we congratulate you on your work to bring democracy to Iraq. I wish the US media would report more of the good things that are happening in your country. We only hear about the bad things that are happening. If people would see all the good things goning on over there there would be more Americans all for what we are doing over there. But the media only reports the bad things that are going on and is getting people upset. It is sad. You are correct in saying that the elections will go as planned. And God bless you for what you are doing.
NewsMax.com Wires Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004
WASHINGTON – Offering a simple "Thank you, America," Iraqi interim prime minister Ayad Allawi declared Thursday that his country was moving successfully past the war that ousted Saddam Hussein and vowed that elections would take place next year as scheduled. "Elections will occur in Iraq on time in January because Iraqis want elections on time," Allawi told a joint meeting of Congress, an appearance that President Bush's advisers hoped would ease American voters' doubts about the troubled campaign in Iraq.
Read the rest here. Update from via Blogs of War Transcript of whole speech is here
My friends, today we are better off, you are better off and the world is better off without Saddam Hussein......

Thank you in the United States'

Ladies and gentlemen, I particularly want to thank you in the United States Congress for your brave vote in 2002 to authorize American men and women to go to war to liberate my country, because you realized what was at stake. And I want to thank you for your continued commitment last year when you voted to grant Iraq a generous reconstruction and security funding package......

Iraqi elections

As we move forward, the next major milestone will be holding of the free and fair national and local elections in January next.

I know that some have speculated, even doubted, whether this date can be met. So let me be absolutely clear: Elections will occur in Iraq on time in January because Iraqis want elections on time.....

Our independent electoral commission is working with the United Nations, the multinational force and our own Iraqi security forces to make these elections a reality. In 15 out of our 18 Iraqi provinces we could hold elections tomorrow. Although this is not what we see in your media, it is a fact.....

read the whole transcript. It is very good and I hope that Allawi and Iraqis have a big turn out in their election ini January.

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