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Palestinian election favourite says abandon arms, Israel vows to aid ballot

Presidential election frontrunner Mahmud Abbas urged Palestinians to abandon the armed uprising as Israel vowed to ensure a free and fair ballot to choose Yasser Arafat’s successor. Abbas said that the Palestinians could not hope to secure a military victory over the Israelis and that attacks by militant groups and the use of weapons would only be counter-productive to the national cause. “I believe that it is clear that a military solution is impossible,” the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) chairman told a gathering of business leaders in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Full Story

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