Iraqi Leader Thanks U.S., Vows On-Time Elections

Listen: Hear Allawi's Speech in Full

Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi addresses a joint meeting of Congress, Sept. 23, 2004.

Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi addresses a joint meeting of Congress, Sept. 23, 2004. Reuters hide caption

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Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi addresses a joint meeting of Congress.

Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi addresses a joint meeting of Congress, Sept. 23, 2004. Vice President Dick Cheney (left) and Speaker of the House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) applaud in the background. Reuters hide caption

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Saying "Thank you, America," Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi tells a joint meeting of Congress that "liberty and democracy" are taking hold in Iraq, and vows elections will take place as scheduled in January. Allawi meets with President Bush at the White House Thursday. Hear NPR's David Welna.

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