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Hamas Claims Victory in Palestinian Elections
Date: Thursday, January 26 2006
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Palestinian citizens held election, people voted in an act of democracy, but will this be good enough for the United States of America or the rest of the so-called free world?
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Hamas Claims Victory in Palestinian Elections
Group Says It Has Clear Majority of Seats; Prime Minister and Cabinet Resign

By Scott Wilso
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, January 26, 2006; 6:09 AM

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 26 -- The radical Islamic group Hamas claimed victory Thursday in voting for the first Palestinian parliament in a decade, saying it won a clear majority of seats and had the right to form the next government.

The claims, although unconfirmed officially, were followed by the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and the rest of his cabinet. Resignation was a formality following parliamentary elections, but Qureia acknowledged that Hamas had likely won a majority in the 132-seat legislature and should be given the opportunity to form the next cabinet.

Palestinians went to the polls Wednesday to choose a 132-member Palestinian Legislative Council in their first parliamentary elections in a decade.

"This is the choice of the people," Qureia told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. "It should be respected."


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