TEHRAN, June 29 (MNA) -- The sudden and speedy transfer of power from the U.S. non-military administrator to Iraq’s interim government took place in Baghdad on Monday.

This event was supposed to take place today, but former U.S. administrator of Iraq Paul Bremer decided to hand over power to Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi two days ahead of schedule due to security concerns.


U.S. President George W. Bush also announced that the United States considers the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi government to be an important step, but stressed that U.S. forces would remain in Iraq until security is completely established in the country.


In fact, recent political developments in Iraq persuaded the U.S. to hand over power ahead of schedule.


The first development was the fact that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders did not agree to send troops to Iraq, surprising Bush and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. 


Although the U.S. intends to keep 140,000 troops in Iraq for the time being, it seems that Bush is trying to resolve the Iraqi issue in a face-saving manner before the campaign for the U.S. presidential election heats up.


On the other hand, Bremer’s departure from Iraq and his replacement by John Negroponte as U.S. ambassador in Baghdad raises the question: Is the U.S. really willing to transfer full sovereignty to the Iraqi government or does it only intend to change the political figures?


Obviously, Bremer has become a hated figure among Iraqis so the White House calculated that it would be better to replace him.


However, Negroponte is even more hated in some quarters due to his checkered past, but Bush realized that Bremer had to go because the Iraqi people would no longer tolerate him.


Clearly, changing political figures will not resolve any of Iraq’s problems. Instead, U.S. forces should promptly withdraw from Iraqi territory and a free election should be held in the country under the supervision of the United Nations in order to give the majority of the Iraqi nation the opportunity to determine their own fate.


Certainly, any delay in the process of transferring power to an elected Iraqi government or any failure to hold a free election in the country will further complicate the security situation in Iraq, giving terrorist groups the opportunity to take advantage of the situation to prevent the establishment of a democratic government in Iraq.






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