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Abbas Declares Win in Palestine's Presidential Race

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Palestinian presidential candidate Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: Reuters

Palestinian presidential candidate Mahmoud Abbas holds his ballot before voting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Reuters hide caption

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Fattah candidate Mahmoud Abbas declares victory over his closest rival, Mustafa Barghouti, in Palestine's presidential race. With turnout estimated at more than 60 percent, polls show a large lead for Abbas, who would succeed Yasser Arafat.

Nearly 1.8 million Palestinians visited the polls Sunday to cast their votes for a new president. Hear NPR's Jacki Lyden and NPR's Julie McCarthy.



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