The hand-over in Iraq
The early hand-over of authority by the administrator of the US occupiers to the interim Prime Minister of Iraq is in recognition of the fact that the invasion and occupation have failed. However, the claim that sovereignty has been restored, that power has been handed to Iraqi authorities and that the occupation has ended, is not yet reality. None-the-less this step provides new opportunities to the Iraqi people and their worldwide supporters to intensify the struggle for these objectives. The occupation will only end when all occupying troops are removed. Sovereignty will only be fully restored when the economy is in the hands of the Iraqi people. Power will only be in the hands of Iraqi authorities when a new government is democratically elected. The Iraqi people need the support of every progressive activist from political parties, trade unions and community organisations to help bring the occupation to an end, to restore sovereignty and give the Iraqi people power in their country and over their lives.