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Iraq assembly meets amid blasts

by Mark5019 / March 16, 2005 3:47 AM PST

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Calling for democracy and freedom in the midst of insurgent attacks, the leaders of Iraq's interim government Wednesday challenged the country's new National Assembly to strive for "national unity."

The 275-member assembly was sworn in as about half a dozen explosions rattled the area around the convention center where members met.

The U.S. military said it was investigating the explosions.

"Freedom and democracy are great goals we should achieve," interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi told the gathering. "We have great duties to face and stand up to."

President Bush congratulated the people of Iraq as the country's transitional national assembly met Wednesday.

"It was a hopeful moment, I thought," Bush told reporters at a news conference at the White House.

yup more crow will be served later in the ball room


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