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Ten Candidates to Run in Palestinian Election

Ten candidates will run in the Palestinian Authority’s presidential election to replace Yasser Arafat, officials said on Thursday after finalizing the list of contenders for the Jan. 9 race.Heading the list was Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat’s successor as the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, as well as Marwan Barghouthi, a leader of the Palestinian uprising, who is serving five life sentences in an Israeli jail. Abbas, a moderate who will be representing the mainstream Fatah faction, had been seen as the frontrunner in the election until Barghouthi’s candidacy was submitted shortly before a deadline on Wednesday night. Barghouthi, the most popular choice among Palestinians to succeed Arafat, told his wife during a prison visit that he wanted to run in the election as an independent candidate.Full Story

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