Reg 1: The Coalition Provisional Authority


Pursuant to my authority as Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA),
relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 1483 (2003), and the
laws and usages of war,

I hereby promulgate the following:

Section 1
The Coalition Provisional Authority

1) The CPA shall exercise powers of government temporarily in order to provide for
the effective administration of Iraq during the period of transitional administration,
to restore conditions of security and stability, to create conditions in which the
Iraqi people can freely determine their own political future, including by
advancing efforts to restore and establish national and local institutions for
representative governance and facilitating economic recovery and sustainable
reconstruction and development.

2) The CPA is vested with all executive, legislative and judicial authority necessary
to achieve its objectives, to be exercised under relevant U.N. Security Council
resolutions, including Resolution 1483 (2003), and the laws and usages of war.
This authority shall be exercised by the CPA Administrator.

3) As the Commander of Coalition Forces, the Commander of U.S. Central
Command shall directly support the CPA by deterring hostilities; maintaining
Iraq’s territorial integrity and security; searching for, securing and destroying
weapons of mass destruction; and assisting in carrying out Coalition policy

Section 2
The Applicable Law

Unless suspended or replaced by the CPA or superseded by legislation issued by
democratic institutions of Iraq, laws in force in Iraq as of April 16, 2003 shall
continue to apply in Iraq insofar as the laws do not prevent the CPA from exercising
its rights and fulfilling its obligations, or conflict with the present or any other
Regulation or Order issued by the CPA.

Section 3
Regulations and Orders issued by the CPA

1) In carrying out the authority and responsibility vested in the CPA, the
Administrator will, as necessary, issue Regulations and Orders. Regulations shall
be those instruments that define the institutions and authorities of the CPA. Orders

CPA/REG/16 May 2003/01

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