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Interim Palestinian president, new PLO chairman named after Arafat's death

[JURIST] Rauhi Fattouh, speaker of the Palestinian parliament, was sworn in Thursday to succeed Yasser Arafat as temporary president of the Palestinian Authority (website content has been replaced by a notice of Arafat's death). Under Article 54(2) of the Palestinian Basic Law, Fattouh will serve as caretaker president until elections are held to determine Arafat's permanent successor in 60 days. Middle East Online has more. Also Thursday, the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization unanimously elected Mahmoud Abbas to succeed Yasser Arafat as chairman of the PLO. AP has more. Al Jazeera has additional coverage of Arafat's successors. JURIST's Paper Chase reported the death of Yasser Arafat early Thursday morning. WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency has a news release.

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