Bad year for Palestinian inmates in Israel

GAZA, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The ministry of Palestinian prisoners affairs Monday criticized Israel's apparent decision to treat all prisoners like terrorists.

Mideast poll to use Canadian ballot boxes

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Central Elections Committee said Tuesday it received special ballot boxes for the upcoming presidential poll from Canada.

Israeli foreign minister criticizes Abbas

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom Monday criticized Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' tough election talk. Israel could not ignore "harsh statements" Abbas made to kick off his campaign for the Palestinian presidency, Shalom said.

Israel to free 170 Palestinian prisoners

JERUSALEM, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Israel says it will release 170 Palestinian security prisoners within 10 days under an agreement with Egypt.

3rd candidate quits Palestinian race

GAZA, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Abdel Sattar Qassem, a professor and an independent candidate from the West Bank announced Monday he is withdrawing from the Jan. 9 presidential election.

Barghouti quits Palestine candidacy

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti declared Sunday he has dropped out of the Jan. 9 Palestinian Authority presidential elections.

Barghouti withdraws candidacy

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Marwan Barghouti of the mainstream Fatah movement, serving life terms in an Israeli prison, Sunday withdrew his candidacy from the presidential election.

Fatah says Barghouti's candidacy illegal

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- An estimated 1005 candidates will be competing for 295 seats in municipal councils in the West Bank at elections scheduled for later this month.

International help sought in PA elections

GAZA, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Independent Palestinian presidential candidate Mustafa Barghouti Thursday sought international help to ensure freedom of movement for all candidates.

Diaspora excluded from vote in PA polls

AMMAN, Jordan, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Fatah's new chief Farouk Kaddoumi said Thursday voting in the Palestinian presidential election should be limited to residents of the occupied territories.

Barghouti sets terms for his withdrawal

GAZA, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti has offered to withdraw his candidacy for Palestinian president if his rival, Mahmoud Abbas, meets his political demands.

Foreign interference in Palestinian polls

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A Palestinian presidential candidate says Israel and other unnamed foreign parties are trying to swing the election to Fatah nominee Mahmoud Abbas.

Barghouti may be ready to quit PA race

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti may be close to withdrawing from the race for Palestinian Authority president.

Barghouti may pullout his candidacy

GAZA, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti may pullout his candidacy for the presidential elections due to be held on January 9, official sources in Fatah said.

Poll: Abbas is a winner

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A new poll projects Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas the winner in the Jan. 9 election for president of the Palestinian Authority.

Barghouti candidacy means out of Fatah

TUNIS, Tunisia, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Fatah chief Farouk Kaddoumi said the group's leader in the West Bank, Marwan Barghouti, by deciding to seek the presidency of the Palestinian Authority.

PA urges Barghouti to step back

GAZA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A senior Palestinian Authority official Thursday urged jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti to reverse his decision to run in the presidential elections.

Mubarak backs Abbas as PA president

CAIRO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Egypt President Hosni Mubarak expressed support Thursday for Palestine Liberation Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the upcoming Palestinian presidential elections. "Fatah nominated Abu Mazen (Abbas)... and I believe he will win," Mubarak said in a statement broa

Islamic Jihad to boycott polls

GAZA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Islamic Jihad followed suit of the other Palestinian militant group Hamas Thursday by declaring a boycott of presidential elections. Mohammed Hindi, a senior member of Jihad, told a news conference in Gaza that the group decided not to participate in the

Barghouti enters election race

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader now in jail, has been entered in next month's presidential election to succeed the late Yasser Arafat.

Barghouti to run for PA president

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti announced Wednesday he will run as an independent candidate for Palestinian president in the Jan. 9 elections.

Mustafa Barghouthi runs for PA presidency

JERUSALEM, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Initiative's General-Secretary, Mustafa Barghouthi, Monday announced he was running for the Palestinian presidency.

Fatah chief: occupation starts end in 2005

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Imprisoned West Bank Fatah chief Marwan Barghouti is predicting an end to the Israeli occupation beginning in 2005.

Fatah chief supports Abbas for PA leader

RAMALLAH, Gaza, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Marwan Barghouti, the jailed Fatah leader, says he is supporting PLO leader Mahoud Abbas for chairmanship of the Palestinian Authority.

Barghouti won't run for elections

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti announced that he decided not to run in the upcoming Palestinian presidential election, officials said Friday.
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