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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:10 AM
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Big Hamas win in Gaza's election
Palestinian militant group Hamas has won a huge victory in local polls in Gaza, final results show.

Seen in Israel as a terrorist group, Hamas appears to have won roughly two-thirds of the seats it contested.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4214375.stm
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sherilocks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:15 AM
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1. Not quite as serious as the headline makes it sound
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The BBC's Alan Johnston, in Gaza, says the results have to be kept in context - these were only local elections, for less than half of the councils in Gaza.

Nonetheless, he says, they give a clear indication of the real power of Hamas in the streets.

Gaza's large population centres of Khan Younis, Rafah and Gaza City did not vote this time.

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