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.