Imprisoned Palestinian seeks to replace Arafat

Imprisoned Palestinian seeks to replace Arafat

[JURIST] The imprisoned leader of Palestinian uprisings, Marwan Barghouti, has decided to run in the upcoming Palestinian elections to replace Yasser Arafat. A source close to the jailed politician said Barghouti would seek the position of president only with the backing of the ruling Fatah movement. Barghouti is serving multiple life sentences in an Israeli prison for his involvement in terrorist attacks that took the lives of five Israeli citizens. Palestinian law stipulates that elections are to be held within two months to find a replacement leader and Palestinian officials have stated that they seek a smooth democratic transition. AP has more.