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Palestinian PM Drops Resignation in Deal with Arafat

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie withdrew his resignation on Tuesday after Yasser Arafat granted him some powers to carry out reforms, easing a paralyzing leadership crisis, officials said. Qurie’s chief of staff said he had won effective control over police and internal security agencies, part of a security apparatus whose chaos and corruption is seen by international mediators as an obstacle to peacemaking with Israel. Arafat’s move, initially disclosed by a pro-reform committee of legislators after a meeting with the president, came after an unprecedented explosion of unrest over high-level inaction on demands for anti-corruption reforms.Full Story

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