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For Immediate Release
January 28, 2004

Baghdad Town Hall Meeting Helps to Build Democracy in Iraq
Iraq Fact of the Day

Iraqis are now free to participate in discussions about the future of their country, and today, 200 Iraqis gathered in Baghdad for a town hall meeting to discuss the transition to sovereignty and development of democracy in Iraq. This is the third of 18 planned Town Hall meetings and is expected to be the largest gathering of its kind. There are now more than 200 political parties in Iraq, and elected provincial and city councils in most of the country. The Iraqi people's interest in exchanging candid but respectful views at the grassroots level is an important step toward unleashing freedom and building democracy in Iraq.

Source: Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad.

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