Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: March 8, 2004

Statement on the Completion of the Transitional Administrative Law in Iraq,
March 8, 2004

I congratulate the Iraqi Governing Council and the Iraqi people on completing the Transitional Administrative Law for Iraq. This document is an important step toward the establishment of a sovereign government on June 30. It lays the foundation for democratic elections and for a new constitution, which will be written by an elected Iraqi assembly and approved by the Iraqi people.

This law provides a framework for continued cooperation among Iraq, members of the international Coalition, and the United Nations as the Iraqi people make progress towards democracy. And it provides the essential freedoms and rights to all Iraqis regardless of gender, religion, or ethnic origin—including freedom of religion, freedom of speech and assembly, the right to a fair trial, and the right to choose their own representatives.

The adoption of this law marks a historic milestone in the Iraqi people’s long journey from tyranny and violence to liberty and peace. While difficult work remains to establish democracy in Iraq, today’s signing is a critical step in that direction.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on the Completion of the Transitional Administrative Law in Iraq, March 8, 2004," Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:365-366 Original Sources, accessed July 18, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1UJUS1NPPUFFHD3.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on the Completion of the Transitional Administrative Law in Iraq, March 8, 2004." Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:365-366, Original Sources. 18 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1UJUS1NPPUFFHD3.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on the Completion of the Transitional Administrative Law in Iraq, March 8, 2004' in Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:365-366. Original Sources, retrieved 18 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1UJUS1NPPUFFHD3.