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Arafat Says He Will Stay Until Statehood

Comparing himself to South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat said in an interview published Tuesday that he will step down from office after he has ruled an independent Palestinian state. Arafat, in an interview with the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, compared himself to Mandela, 86, who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 and stepped down five years later to assume the role of an elder statesman. Mandela shared a Nobel Peace Prize with F.W. de Klerk in 1993, a year before Arafat shared the same prize with late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. Full Story

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