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Palestinians Reforming Foreign Service

The Palestinians are cleaning out their embassies around the world, removing entrenched ambassadors and establishing a code of conduct in reforms aimed at transforming their calcified foreign service into a professional diplomatic corps, officials said. The campaign is the largest reform effort undertaken by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas since he took power after Yasser Arafat’s death a year ago, officials said this week. Arafat, who dominated Palestinian politics for more than three decades, left behind an administration riddled with corruption, where cronies were given choice appointments based on their connections rather than their qualifications. Full Story

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