Iraq will have a new transitional government with full sovereign powers by the end of June 2004, the Iraqi Governing Council said today, and will have a constitution and a permanent, democratically elected government by the end of 2005.
The statement followed a meeting with the U.S.-backed coalition's civilian administrator L. Paul Bremer, who recently met with President Bush. He returned to Baghdad with new proposals for the council aimed at speeding up the transfer of authority to Iraqis.
The U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority will dissolve at that time, council authorities said in Saturday's news conference, and "the state of occupation will end."
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