Landslide Win For Hamas in Gaza (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 01/28/05)
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Unofficial results in Gaza local elections award Hamas terrorists two-
thirds of the seats and give them a giant card for them to play in
gaining concessions from the PA´s ruling Fatah party.
Fatah is the dominant party in the Palestinian Authority, which
recently held presidential elections won by Fatah´s Mahmoud Abbas
(Abu Mazen), although there were allegations of fraud. In the Gaza
elections, Fatah won only 26 out of 117 seats while Hamas won 76,
according to preliminary reports, which Fatah discounted.
An Arab survey center´s exit polls gave Hamas victory in three of
four districts in Gaza. Hamas also showed strength in the recent
elections in Samaria in which it won more than a third of local
council seats. Thursday´s voter turnout in the first-ever Gaza
elections was more than 80 per cent,
Hamas supporters paraded with victory chants in the streets of
Rafiah, which borders Egypt and has been a major point of transfer of
weapons from Egypt through an extensive tunnel system. The elections
were in smaller towns and not in Rafiah or Gaza City, which are
expected to take place in three months.
A significant Hamas victory was in the Bet Hanoun area in northern
Gaza where terrorists have launched dozens of Kassam rockets against
Israel. Fatah apparently won in a central Gaza town next to the
Jewish community of Netzarim.
The apparent victory for Hamas spells trouble for Abu Mazen, who has
been trying to convince the terrorist organization to halt all
attacks against Israelis. Hamas has agreed to a "cooling-down" period
only on the condition that Israel frees Arab prisoners.
(IsraelNationalNews © 01/28/05)
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