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Abbas Takes Oath as Palestinian President
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Abbas Takes Oath as Palestinian President

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Abbas Takes Oath as Palestinian President

Abbas Takes Oath as Palestinian President
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Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas acknowledges applause following his speech, after being sworn in as Palestinian president to succeed Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 15, 2005. Reuters hide caption

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Mahmoud Abbas is sworn in as president of the Palestinian Authority, a day after Israel cut off ties with his government. He says the Palestinian Authority is ready to fulfill its commitments with regard to the so-called "Road Map" for peace in the region. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

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