Palestinians Trim Arafat Powers

World | March 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00

The Palestinian parliament has voted overwhelmingly to create a new post of prime minister, in what is seen as a significant reform move. The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, finally agreed last month to loosen his grip on power after persistent international pressure. He has nominated his deputy, Mahmoud Abbas, to be the first prime minister.

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