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Arafat Trying To Elbow Himself Back In

First Publish: 7/7/2003, 10:50 AM


Yasser Arafat is taking more control. Arutz-7's Haggai Huberman reports that Arafat issued a special order two days ago granting new authorities to regional governors in the Palestinian Authority, making them the supreme municipal authorities, and subordinating them under his command. This is part of Arafat's continued effort to take increasingly more control in the PA, at the expense of Abu Mazen.

The new order renders the governors responsible for public property, planning commissions, and more. In addition, Arafat is responsible for many of the security organizations in the PA. Abu Mazen is expected to try to fight certain aspects of the new order, and "there will be a power struggle," Huberman says.

In a related item, much anti-Abu-Mazen graffiti was scrawled on walls in Gaza last night. Abu-Mazen is called a "spy" and Arafat is called on to "step on Abu Mazen." The graffiti is assumed to be the work of pro-Arafat Fatah men, who say that Abu Mazen is not doing enough to secure the release of terrorists.

In a related item, much anti-Abu-Mazen graffiti was scrawled on walls in Gaza last night. Abu-Mazen is called a "spy" and Arafat is called on to "step on Abu Mazen the spy." The graffiti is assumed to be the work of pro-Arafat Fatah men, who say that Abu Mazen is not doing enough to secure the release of terrorists.