U.S. Transfers Power Early

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Iraqi officials are not wasting any time.

The new interim government has been officially sworn in; just six hours after the U.S. led coalition transferred power two days ahead of schedule. The surprise move is apparently aimed at catching insurgents off guard.

In the swearing in ceremony, members of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's new government each stepped forward to place their right hand on the Muslim holy book. They pledged to accept their new duties with sincerity and without prejudice.

Behind them stood a row of Iraqi flags. Iraq's interim president said the new leaders face, "a challenge and a burden." He asked for God's help.

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