A brief aside: Palestinian Authority elections

The Palestinian Authority election for a new President to replace Yasser Arafat is due to take place on January 9 2005. Marwan Barghouti, described as a leader of the younger Fatah activists has announced his intention to challenge Mahmoud Abbas.

I am unfamiliar with the technical side of these elections so I have been doing some background reading.

For information from official Palestinian sources about the election process follow this link:

Various reports from:
Msnbc, Washington Times, Al Jazeera, and the Jerusalem Post.

For critical views about the likelyhood of elections taking place on schedule and fairly, as well as difficulties registering voters:
Little Green Footballs
Global Security
The Australian

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