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The rise of Islamist parties across the region in the wake of the Arab Spring will have consequences for the Palestinians, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday in Tunis.
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"The rise to power of Islamist forces in revolutionary countries will no doubt impact on the Palestinian issue," the head of the Palestinian Authority said during a four-day visit here.
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Abbas´ Fatah party, which controls the West Bank, and the Islamist movement Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, reached a deal last year to reconcile but the process has hit repeated roadblocks, with the formation of a consensus government proving thorny.´
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During his visit, Abbas has held talks with President Moncef Marzouki and Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, notably on ways in which Tunisia could support Palestinian reconciliation.
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Jebali´s moderate Islamist party Ennahda won elections in October after the ouster last year of long-serving Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the Arab Spring´s founding uprising.
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The visit is the third by Abbas to Tunisia since the fall of Ben Ali. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 05/01/12)
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