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Palestinians Await Vote Count

Amid tight security and a sea of green and yellow flags, Palestinians turned out in large numbers Wednesday for their first parliamentary election in a decade — a historic vote integrating Islamic militants into politics and determining the future of peacemaking with Israel. One exit poll suggested the ruling Fatah Party had likely won the most votes, with the Islamic militant group Hamas a close second, according to an exit poll conducted by the West Bank’s An Najah University. A pollster who spoke on condition of anonymity because the results were to be officially announced later said Fatah won more than 42 percent of the vote and Hamas more than 34 percent, based on a survey of 6,500 voters with a margin of error of 5 percentage points. Full Story

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