Palestinian Elections: Looking Ahead

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Palestinians elect a successor to Yasser Arafat this weekend; longtime associate Mahmoud Abbas is expected to win. We look at the man called Abu Mazen, his unexpectedly fiery campaign rhetoric, and the prospects for Palestinian democracy.

Guests:

Peter Kenyon, NPR Correspondent in Israel

Les Campbell, Mid-East director, National Democratic Institute

Shibley Telhami, member, Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World; Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland; senior fellow, Brookings Institution

Ziad Asali, president, American Task Force on Palestine

Rashid Khalidi, author, Resurrecting Empire; Edward Said chair of Arab Studies at Columbia University

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