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Transfer of Sovereignty

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Members of the new Iraqi government are sworn into office today, including President Ghazi Al-Yawer, Vice President Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, and Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih. They are sworn in by Chief Justice Midhat al-Mahmoudi, far left, at the Headquartes of the Governing Council. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Members of the new Iraqi government are sworn into office today, including Prime Minister Iyad Allawi who spoke during the ceremony held at the Headquarters of the Governing Council. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Members of the new Iraqi government are sworn into office today, including President Ghazi Al-Yawer, Vice President Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, and Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih (not shown). (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Members of the new Iraqi government are sworn into office today, including (left to right) President Ghazi Al-Yawer, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Vice President Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, and Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih. Prime Minister Iyad Allawi reads the oath as Chief Justice Midhat al-Mahmoudi, far left, overseas. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Iraqi President Ghazi Al-Yawer was sworn into office today at the Headquartes of the Governing Council and then gave a speech. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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Guests assembled for the swearing in of the members of the new Iraqi government listen as Prime Minister Iyad Allawi speaks. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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