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HAMAS WINS BIG IN GAZA ELECTIONS (MENL-MIDDLE EAST NEWSLINE) GAZA CITY 01/31/05)Source: http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2005/january/01_31_1.html MENL} Middle East NewsLine MENL} Middle East NewsLine Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
GAZA CITY [MENL] -- The Islamic opposition has won a major victory in municipal elections in the Gaza Strip.

In the first demonstration of popular support, Hamas swept seven out of 10 elections in the Gaza Strip held last week. Palestinian sources said Hamas won 78 of out of 118 seats contested in Gaza municipalities.

The ruling Fatah movement headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas won 38 out of 118 seats, the sources said. They said Abbas´s defeat was the result of an intense Hamas campaign to get out the vote for the Jan. 27 municipal elections, in contrast to the poor turnout for the elections for PA chairman on Jan. 9.

"Our people have a consensus on the choice of jihad and resistance, and the election has underscored that concept," Hamas spokesman Muhir Masri said. (© 2005 Middle East Newsline 01/31/05)

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