Mahmoud Abbas to Head Palestinian Authority

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Palestinian presidential candidate Mahmoud Abbas holds his ballot before voting.

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

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Palestinians elect Mahmoud Abbas as their new leader, in what some are calling a mandate to renew peace talks with Israel. Official results give Abbas just over 62 percent of the votes cast. Israeli radio reports that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to meet with Abbas in the next few days. Hear NPR's Julie McCarthy.

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