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Palestinian Council Rebukes Arafat; BAcks Premier's Resignation

The Palestinian parliament on Wednesday stepped up the political pressure on Yasir Arafat by giving overwhelming approval to a resolution urging him to accept the prime minister’s resignation. The Palestinian parliament is one of the livelier legislatures in the Arab world, a region where lawmakers rarely challenge national leaders. Still, it is unusual for legislators to take a position directly opposed to Mr. Arafat, who has refused to accept the resignation by the prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, on Saturday. Mr. Arafat wants Mr. Qurei to stay in office but has not offered to grant him expanded powers. Full Story

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