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Bush Names New US Envoy to Iraq - 2003-05-06


U.S. President George W. Bush Tuesday named a new presidential envoy for Iraq to help shape the country's transition to democratic rule.

Career diplomat Paul Bremer will help create an interim administration in Baghdad. The counter-terrorism expert will be the highest-ranking U.S. civilian in Iraq and will oversee the work of retired Army general Jay Garner, who is directing rebuilding efforts following the U.S.-led invasion.

Mr. Bremer, who prefers to be called "Jerry," met with the president in the Oval Office Tuesday where Mr. Bush said he wants to see "an orderly country" that is "free and at peace," where Iraqi civilians have a chance to achieve their dreams.

"In selecting Jerry Bremer, our country will be sending one of our best citizens. He is a man with enormous experience. He is a person who knows how to get things done," Mr. Bush said.

Mr. Bremer, 61, worked for former Secretaries of State William Rogers and Henry Kissinger. He served as U.S. ambassador-at-large for counter-terrorism from 1986 to 1989.

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