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.


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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