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Abbas Gaining in Bid to Succeed Arafat


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/abbas_gaining_in_bid_to_succeed_arafat_20041203

With a patient realpolitik, not to mention the tacit approval of Israel and the United States, Mahmoud Abbas is inching toward the Palestinian leadership. A poll of West Bank and Gaza Strip residents released Sunday found that a plurality of Palestinians, 41 percent, support Abbas' bid to succeed Yasser Arafat as Palestinian Authority president -- a coup, considering the dour, 69-year-old PLO veteran's single-digit showing in the polls until recently. The presidential election is scheduled Jan. 9.

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