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Palestinians set January 9 election date

[JURIST] Palestinians will vote on January 9, 2005, to elect a successor to Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat, who died Thursday. Under the Palestinan Basic Law, elections must be held within 60 days of Arafat's death. Several candidates have announced their intention to run, including PLO leader and former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, current Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei, and the leader of Fatah faction Farouk Kaddoumi. Former Fatah activist Marwan Barghouthi, who is serving a life sentence in an Israeli jail, has vowed to run from his cell. Reuters has more.

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