The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
March 25, 2004

Global Message

In 100 days, a sovereign Iraqi government will come into being. The Coalition Provisional Authority will dissolve and the sovereignty that the Coalition once held in trust for the Iraqi people will rest solely in Iraqi hands.

Iraq had been reduced to a shell by almost four decades of relentless greed and cruelty by its leaders. Instead of investing in Iraq's infrastructure, Saddam Hussein's regime squandered and stole the nation's wealth.

When liberation came, water, electricity, sewage, schools and much more were a shambles. Much remains to be done, but almost a year after liberation much has been accomplished.

Today, some improvements in Iraq include:

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