Hamas on ballot in Gaza poll (LONDON TIMES) From Stephen Farrell in Beit Hanoun 01/27/05)
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THE murals still speak of war. Masked, armed men are glorified as
part of the resistance. In northern Gaza, however, the military
struggle has competition from electoral politics.
One newcomer to the fight is Hamas, the militant Islamic movement.
Today its candidates will contend seats in Beit Hanoun, among ten
towns across Gaza holding municipal elections.
There are signs even that Hamas will field candidates for the
Palestinian parliamentary elections in July.
Mohamed al-Masri, the Fatah candidate, expects his party to lose
about half of its thirteen seats in Beit Hanoun and Hamas — still
committed to fighting occupation, but standing on an anti-corruption
and anti-cronyism platform — to win at least two. (Copyright 2005
Times Newspapers Ltd. 01/27/05)
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