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Palestinian Premier to Stay On

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia withdrew his resignation on Tuesday after the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, pledged to consolidate security forces and give Qureia more authority over police, according to cabinet ministers and other senior officials. It appeared, however, that Arafat would continue to have significant power over the bulk of the Palestinian security apparatus, they said. In the biggest change, lawmakers said, the Palestinian Authority’s 12 security forces would be reorganized into three branches, two of which — the national security forces, or army, and the intelligence division — would continue to report directly to the National Security Council, which is chaired by Arafat.Full Story

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