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In Era After Arafat, Islamic Militants Are Edging Into Powe

The success of the militant Islamic group Hamas in the latest round of Palestinian local elections is just the latest indication of the deterioration of the main Palestinian faction, Fatah, after the death of Yasir Arafat last year. To some degree, the decline has been accelerated by the policy choices and the distant, uninspiring personality of Mr. Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas. Without the binding charisma of Mr. Arafat, and without the ability or will to use his aggressive tactics, Mr. Abbas is struggling to manage a renewed struggle between his secular Fatah faction and the Islamists that Mr. Arafat repressed and delayed. Full Story

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