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Fatah splits before key election

A dispute within the ruling Palestinian party, Fatah, has led to a rival faction submitting its own list of candidates for a parliamentary poll.
The rebel list is headed by a jailed activist, Marwan Barghouti, under the new name al-Mustaqbal (the Future).

The split is seen as a blow for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the so-called Fatah "old guard".

The 25 January poll will be only the second since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1995.

However, the militant movement Hamas - which has issued a list of its 62 candidates the poll - boycotted the first parliament.

'The Future'

The rebel list of Fatah was filed before the midnight deadline (2200 GMT) by the wife of Barghouti at the election headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

Barghouti's campaign manager, Saeb Nimr, later told reporters: "We have registered an independent party under the name 'The Future', headed by Marwan Barghouti."

Barghouthi is serving five life terms in an Israeli prison over militant attacks.

The Abbas-approved Fatah list was submitted later by Palestinian Foreign Minister Nasser al-Kidwa.

Hamas 'optimistic'

The rebels say the expected dominance of the "old guard" on the Fatah list could hurt the party as it tries to fend off an unprecedented challenge by Hamas.

Tensions within Fatah turned to violence earlier on Tuesday when three people were injured in clashes at the party headquarters in Gaza.

Hamas is expected to present a strong challenge to the Fatah party, which swept the board last time.

The Hamas list includes its top two leaders in its Gaza Strip stronghold, Mahmud Zahar and Ismail Haniya.

"We are optimistic that our people will go to vote in this historical event," said Mr Haniya after the Hamas delegation he was leading presented its list at Gaza's central election commission office.

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you're cheering for hamas? you are off your rocker pops.. lol


the split in fatah soubds like a good thing towards more progress but the alternatives are somewhat not desirable.. hamas and the future?.. i don't know man.. neither is into too much negotiating and looking forward to peace.. winter in the ME.. sounds like fun.. staying tuned!.



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palestineans = stupid

Fuel economy!! whats that??
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you're cheering for hamas? you are off your rocker pops.. lol


the split in fatah soubds like a good thing towards more progress but the alternatives are somewhat not desirable.. hamas and the future?.. i don't know man.. neither is into too much negotiating and looking forward to peace.. winter in the ME.. sounds like fun.. staying tuned!.
A political fracture in a violent organization that is handled politically is far, far better than ol' Arafat's methods. This is a big step. Hamas is also getting more political.

Does this mean I like Hamas? No. But this change is for the better, not worse. That doesn't happen often in Palestine.
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