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For Immediate Release
March 10, 2004

Regional Democracy Center Opens Its Doors
Iraq Fact of the Day

The same week Iraq adopted its historic "bill of rights," more than 3,000 Iraqis from all walks of life -- representing 150 tribes -- gathered to celebrate the opening of the Regional Democracy Center in Hilla. The center serves as a meeting place and provides information on democracy and the rule of law. In a special videotape, President Bush told the attendees: "The time has come, and your opportunity is here ... your Center already represents an organization that includes all people working together toward this common goal: A democratic Iraq."

Source: Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad

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