Key steps to come in Iraq's transition to democracy:

2004

July — Conference of prominent Iraqis chooses Interim National Council to advise interim government.

September — Voter registration begins.

2005

By Jan. 31 — Elections for Transitional Government.

Winter/spring — Constitutional convention convenes to draw up permanent charter.

October — Referendum on ratification of proposed constitution.

December — Elections to select constitutionally based government.