Cabinet members took the oath of office.
Seventeen Cabinet members made it to the high-security ceremony at Baghdad's Convention Center. The other eight were unable. The gathering inside a half-mile circumference of sandbags, barbed wire, sharpshooters and explosives-sniffing dogs was cause for celebration.
Another Kurdish leader, Jalal Talabani, who heads the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, acknowledged that the government wasn't yet in a state to expect international recognition, but that it should come soon.
"We have a seat at the United Nations," he noted jovially. "We will send some people to sit on it."
- posted by river @ 9:43 AM
[Brian’s Comment – direct lift from the LA Times “In a Key Step on a Long Road to a New Iraq, Cabinet Assumes Office, September 4, 2003” reproduced here http://www.usembassy.it/file2003_09/alia/a3091110.htm]