Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

NM: Lawsuit tries to keep Quezada off county commission, overturn results

December 21, 2016
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KRQE News 13    

"More than a month after the election, a new lawsuit claims a county commission candidate who lost in a landslide should be put in office because of how her opponent filled out a form. Patricia Paiz, the Republican candidate for Bernalillo County commissioner, filed the lawsuit this week seeking to overturn the election results. The lawsuit claims Democratic opponent Steven Michael Quezada, who won by more than 8,000 votes, had his wife sign a declaration of candidacy form in March. It even makes the claim that Quezada was out of the state at the time and wasn’t present, but doesn't provide evidence for that assertion." [editor's note: Yes, Quezada is the actor who played Steve Gomez on "Breaking Bad" - TLK] (12/21/16)

http://krqe.com/2016/12/21/lawsuit-tries-to-keep-quezada-off-commission-overturn-results/  

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MO: St. Louis prosecutor uncovers “important evidence” in voter fraud probe, turns over case to feds

December 20, 2016
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"The city's top prosecutor said her office 'uncovered important evidence' in a voter fraud investigation centered on a August primary statehouse race that has since been reversed by voters. The case has now been turned over to the U.S. attorney's office. ... [Circuit Attorney Jennifer M.] Joyce's office began its investigation three months ago, at the request of the Board of Election Commissioners. The board had received complaints from voters supporting Bruce Franks Jr., who had lost in his bid to unseat incumbent Penny Hubbard in the race for 78th District state representative. The hand-delivered letters from three dozen Franks supporters to the Election Board alleged that absentee ballots cast in the Aug. 2 primary were 'obtained illegally, were tampered with, or both.'" (12/20/16)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-prosecutor-uncovers-important-evidence-in-voter-fraud-probe/article_3986c015-a31a-591d-a99d-f72362d6f92f.html  

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Trump wins Electoral College vote ahead of Clinton, Powell, Paul, Spotted Eagle, Kasich

December 20, 2016
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Politico    

Donald Trump swept aside a last-ditch bid to block his ascension to the White House on Monday, officially claiming the title of president-elect with his Electoral College victory. Trump's defeat of Hillary Clinton follows a desperate and unprecedented attempt by Democratic electors to foment a revolt by convincing Republican electors to vote against him, an effort that collapsed with little to show for it. Just two of the 306 Republican electors, both from Texas, ultimately cast a ballot against Trump. One was Chris Suprun, who announced his intentions in a New York Times op-ed on Dec. 5, and voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Another Texas elector voted for Ron Paul .... The most tumult occurred in Washington state, where four Democrats broke ranks and rejected Clinton. Three voted for Colin Powell, marking the first electoral votes for an African-American Republican, and the first time in history a major party elector crossed the aisle and supported a candidate of the opposing major party. The fourth elector, Robert Satiacum, cast his ballot for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American environmental activist." (12/19/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-electoral-college-win-democrats-infighting-232814  

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Electoral horror picture show

December 19, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Did you know that the official 2016 presidential election did not happen on November 8th; that Donald Trump hasn't been elected yet and might not be; that the real election happens on Monday December 19th; that the result is up to only 538 people; and that Hillary Clinton might still become our next President? Now, I'm not going to panic about this situation. I'm confident that Trump will be elected on Monday by more than the required 270 electoral votes. But I'm afraid that someday, unless it is fixed, our constitutional Electoral College procedure could conceivably turn into an electoral horror picture show which might lead to another civil war." (12/18/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/12/electoral-horror-picture-show.html  

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In last-shot bid, thousands urge Electoral College to nullify presidential election with coup d’etat

December 18, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Pressure on members of the country's electoral college to select someone other than Donald Trump has grown dramatically -- and noisily -- in recent weeks, causing some to waver, but yielding little evidence Trump will fall short when electors convene in most state capitals Monday to cast their votes. ... The role of elector has intensified this year, in the wake of a bitter election in which Trump lost the popular vote by a margin of nearly 3 million and a secret [sic] CIA assessment [claimed, without evidence] that Russia interfered to help Trump get elected. ... electors who are supposed to cast their votes for Trump have been subject to intense campaigns orchestrated by anti-Trump forces to convince them that they alone can block the reality television star from the White House. Others have targeted Democratic electors, who are supposed to cast votes for Hillary Clinton, to persuade them to switch to a more conventional Republican who could also draw enough support from GOP electors to swoop into office." (12/17/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-last-shot-bid-thousands-urge-electoral-college-to-block-trump-at-monday-vote/2016/12/17/125fa84a-c327-11e6-8422-eac61c0ef74d_story.html  

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Electoral College coup?

December 15, 2016
posted by

Scott Horton Libertarian Institute
by Scott Horton  

"No, there will not be an Electoral College coup against the results of the presidential election of 2016. Yes, the Hillary campaign is pushing for a CIA briefing on supposed Russian interference in the election, but they know it could never be thrown to her. They're only doing this to 'hem in' Trump, not prevent his inauguration. The establishment's gamble is that they can tar Trump with Putin enough that he won't dare call off the new Cold War. But even that isn't going to work. ... even if they somehow got the Electoral College to deny Trump his majority -- which ain’t gonna happen -- then it would go to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. And at that point the Republicans wouldn't dare screw Trump out of the Presidency, by, say, giving it to John Kasich instead, any more than they denied him the nomination back in July." (12/15/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/electoral-college-coup/  

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Foreign meddling in our vote? Remember how this feels!

December 15, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Peter Certo  

"The CIA is accusing Russia of interfering in our free and fair elections to install a right-wing candidate it deemed more favorable to its interests. Yet during the Cold War, that's exactly what the CIA did to the rest of the world. Most Americans probably don't know that history. But in much of the world it's a crucial part of how Washington is viewed even today. In the post-World War II years, as Moscow and Washington jockeyed for global influence, the two capitals tried to game every foreign election they could get their hands on. From Europe to Vietnam and Chile to the Philippines, American agents delivered briefcases of cash to hand-picked politicians, launched smear campaigns against their left-leaning rivals, and spread hysterical 'fake news' stories like the ones some now accuse Russia of spreading here. Together, political scientist Dov Levin estimates, Russia and the U.S. interfered in 117 elections this way in the second half the 20th century. Even worse is what happened when the CIA's chosen candidates lost." (12/15/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/15/foreign-meddling-in-our-vote-remember-how-this-feels/  

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CO: Judge orders state’s electors to vote for Clinton

December 15, 2016
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Associated Press    

"Colorado's nine electors must vote for Hillary Clinton because she won the state's popular vote, a judge ruled Tuesday, effectively stopping the state's electors from joining a longshot effort to unite with Republicans behind a compromise presidential candidate other than Donald Trump. Denver Judge Elizabeth Starrs also ruled that any electors who fail to do so can immediately be replaced when the Electoral College convenes Dec. 19. She responded to a request from Colorado's secretary of state, who was seeking a way to prevent electors from diverging from the winner of the state's popular vote." (12/13/16)

http://elections.ap.org/content/judge-orders-colorado-electors-vote-hillary-clinton  

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Stein spent nearly $1 million of recount funds on consultants, staff, admin expenses

December 14, 2016
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Fox News    

"Green Party nominee Jill Stein spent nearly $1 million of the funds she raised for recount efforts in three battleground states on consultants, staff, and administrative costs. Stein, who pushed for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, raised $7.3 million for the efforts and said that 'every dollar' went towards costs associated with the recount efforts. ... The staff payroll tallied $212,500 while consultants pocketed $364,000. Administrative expenses, such as travel costs, ran $353,618. In all, $930,118 was used to pay consultants, staff, and administrative costs." (12/14/16)

http://nation.foxnews.com/2016/12/14/stein-spent-nearly-1-million-recount-funds-consultants-staff-admin-expenses  

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Ranked Choice Voting likely means lower turnout, more errors

December 14, 2016
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Cato Unbound Cato Unbound
by Jason McDaniel  

"The history of electoral reform in America is littered with people who eagerly made grand claims about how their preferred solution would cure what ailed American democracy. Usually this involves 'liberating' the sanctified voters from the dastardly efforts of politicians and political parties to suppress the 'true' preferences of the electorate. Too often, the fruit of these reform efforts has been the creation of electoral processes that reduce voter engagement and maintain the status quo. Rob Richie’s arguments in favor of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) echo many of the same arguments that reformers have been making for over a hundred years. Unfortunately, pro-RCV arguments are similarly based on faulty assumptions about voters, and too often they ignore or inappropriately minimize empirical research that highlights the potential for negative consequences." (12/13/16)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2016/12/13/jason-mcdaniel/ranked-choice-voting-likely-means-lower-turnout-more-errors  

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WA: Two presidential electors sue against fine for violating voters’ trust

December 13, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"Two Washington electors have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a law that would fine them up to $1,000 each if they disregard the state popular vote in the November presidential election. Democratic electors Bret Chiafalo and Levi Guerra argue such penalties are unconstitutional, and that they should be able to cast their votes as they see fit when the Electoral College meets Dec. 19. A hearing on their request for an injunction barring the state from enforcing the law is scheduled for Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle." (12/12/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/two-washington-state-electors-sue-over-law-on-election-results/  

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Gambia: Military takes over offices of electoral commission

December 13, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The president of The Gambia's electoral commission has been thrown out of his office by armed soldiers as a delegation of African leaders arrived in the country to try to persuade its autocratic ruler to step down following his defeat at the polls. ... the presidents of Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana flew in to meet Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled an increasingly isolated nation for 22 years and last week vowed to stay on despite losing the presidential election. Asked if Jammeh had been receptive after their hour-long closed-doors meeting, the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, said, 'Very much so,' but the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, refused to comment." (12/13/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/gambian-military-takes-over-offices-of-electoral-commissionyahya-jammeh  

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After Brexit, snowflake professors need to grow up

December 12, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Dennis Hayes  

Stupid, racist and uneducated -- many academics I know think that these three words characterise the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit. After the referendum, many of these same academics spent time publicly crying and ranting about the vote. Once the hysteria had passed, there was a period of agonising self-blame: 'We've failed as teachers!' 'What more could we have done?' But this lament wasn't about education, it wasn't about academics' failure to teach English, history, maths, physics and all the other disciplines that constitute the university. No, these academics felt that they had failed to instil students with particular behaviours, beliefs and attitudes. These academics see higher education as having aims beyond the pursuit of knowledge within the disciplines. They believe that the university is ultimately concerned with 'social justice.'" (12/12/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/after-brexit-snowflake-professor-need-to-grow-up/  

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PA: Federal judge rejects Green Party’s recount request

December 12, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"A federal judge on Monday issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania's presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties' election systems for signs of hacking. ... The decision was the Green Party's latest roadblock in Pennsylvania after hitting numerous walls in county and state courts. Green Party-backed lawyers argue that it was possible that computer hackers changed the election outcome and that Pennsylvania's heavy use of paperless machines makes it a prime target. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein also contended that Pennsylvania has erected unconstitutional barriers to voters seeking a recount." (12/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/12/12/pennsylvania-recount-request-green-party/95328846/  

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Gambia: Jammeh to challenge election loss at top court

December 12, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has said he will challenge the results of last week's election, in which a shock opposition victory threatened to end 22 years of autocratic rule. Celebrations erupted across the tiny West African nation last week when Mr Jammeh unexpectedly conceded defeat after the elections commission announced the victory of opposition candidate Adama Barrow. However, in a dramatic U-turn the former coup leader rejected the outcome of the election and called for fresh polls, citing 'serious and unacceptable abnormalities.' (12/11/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/gambia-election-president-yahya-jammeh-challenge-loss-court-adama-barrow-a7469031.html  

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The false promise of instant runoff voting

December 12, 2016
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Cato Unbound Cato Unbound
by Jason Sorens  

"By ballot initiative, Maine has just adopted instant runoff voting (IRV) for state elections. IRV is also used in some local elections around the country. In principle, IRV has some desirable properties compared to the status quo electoral system in the United States (single-member-district plurality), but once we look at the actual political context in which it would be implemented in the United States, it may well make things worse for third parties, especially Libertarians. Moreover, there are alternative electoral systems that are superior both in the abstract and in the concrete to both the status quo and IRV." (12/09/16)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2016/12/09/jason-sorens/false-promise-instant-runoff-voting  

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More forced registration

December 8, 2016
posted by

Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Voting's a right, not a duty. So voter registration and actual voting should be made easy. But I'm not for mandating that people vote, or for registering them involuntarily. Which is why I oppose the Automatic Voter Registration Initiative (AVRI), an indirect Nevada initiative that state officials just announced has turned in enough petition signatures." (12/08/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/12/08/more-forced-registration/  

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Ghana: President, opponent neck and neck as ballots counted

December 8, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Ghanaian President John Mahama and his main opponent in Wednesday's elections were neck and neck after the release of early provisional results as both candidates claimed the lead in the race for the presidency. Nana Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party, led the count, winning 49.7 percent of more than 1.4 million votes from 44 of the West African nation's 275 constituencies, according to results published Thursday on the website of Citi FM, a broadcaster based in the capital, Accra. Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress had 48.6 percent of the vote, Citi FM said. Ghana's electoral commission hasn't yet verified the results. The winner needs a majority to avoid a second round of voting in a race which also features five other candidates." (12/08/16)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-08/ghana-president-opponent-neck-and-neck-as-vote-count-continues  

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Approval voting: Works great, less complicated

December 8, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien Cato Unbound
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Those who paid attention to the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000 probably recall quite a bit of controversy over the use of 'butterfly ballots.' Many voters claimed to find those ballots confusing and difficult to understand. Some even claimed that in retrospect they had probably voted for Pat Buchanan when they meant to vote for Al Gore. No, I'm not saying that voters are stupid, although some undoubtedly are. I am saying that those of us with an ongoing, even obsessive, interest in politics tend to forget that most American voters don't spend a lot of time thinking about the technical aspects of casting a ballot. They show up every two or four years to spend an hour standing in line and five minutes in a booth filling out an unfamiliar form. The more complicated that unfamiliar form becomes, the greater the likelihood of error." (12/07/16)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2016/12/07/thomas-l-knapp/approval-voting-works-great-less-complicated  

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Gambia: New regime “will prosecute Jammeh,” says coalition leader

December 7, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Gambia's new government is to seek to prosecute Yahya Jammeh, the country's ruler for 22 years, when it takes power in January, according to a leading figure in the opposition coalition. A coalition of seven opposition parties headed by Adama Barrow defeated Jammeh in Thursday's presidential election in a shock result. Jammeh, who seized power in a military coup in 1994, accepted defeat and pledged to assist Barrow with the country's first democratic transition of power. Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, the chair of the opposition coalition, told The Guardian that Jammeh would not be allowed to leave the country and would be prosecuted for as-yet-unspecified crimes. Human-rights organizations have consistently accused Jammeh of orchestrating widespread human-rights abuses in the tiny West African nation." (12/07/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/new-gambian-government-will-prosecute-jammeh-says-coalition-chair-529102  

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Hacking America’s antiquated elections

December 6, 2016
posted by

Cato Unbound Cato Unbound
by Rob Richie  

"No single change can unlock voters and spark a democracy where the best ideas rise to the surface and policymakers are able to implement the will of the people with respect for all. But this year we saw a true glimmer of hope for change: with 52% of the vote, Maine voters adopted ranked choice voting (RCV) for all their elections for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state legislature in a campaign endorsed by the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, and hundreds of major party elected officials from across the spectrum. Starting in 2018, Mainers will be able to vote for the candidates they like the most without helping elect the candidates they like the least. They will earn what we all deserve: a fair vote and a truce in the battle over whether minor party and independent candidates can have an enduring seat at the electoral table." (12/05/16)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2016/12/05/rob-richie/hacking-americas-antiquated-elections  

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On the Italian referendum

December 5, 2016
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"[T]he coalition against Mr Renzi basically include everybody else in Italian politics. Though he lost the referendum, the (soon to be former) prime minister had some 10 million Italians who clearly voted in his favour. The others do not share a leader nor a clear-cut agenda, besides kicking him out. Beppe Grillo, the former comedian who leads the Five Star Movements, wants to go to elections as soon as possible, as he senses he was the true winner of the referendum. Silvio Berlusconi would much rather sit down with Mr Renzi and work out some sort of collaboration for rewriting the electoral law and navigating through a not unlikely Italian banking crisis ..." (12/05/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/12/on_the_italian.html  

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Italy: Renzi resigns as PM following referendum defeat

December 5, 2016
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Italian Premier Matteo Renzi announced he will resign Monday after suffering a stinging loss in a reforms referendum, triggering immediate calls from a populist party and other opposition forces for elections to be held soon. 'The ‘No's' have won in an extraordinary clear-cut way,' Renzi told reporters in Rome about an hour after polls had closed in Sunday's balloting. ... The self-assured Renzi late last year pledged to offer his resignation if the referendum on overhauling a good part of the 1948 Constitution went down to defeat. That was months before Britain's David Cameron had made his ill-fated bet on the referendum on whether the U.K. should stay in the European Union." (12/04/16)

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/12/04/italy-prime-minister-vows-to-quit-if-constitutional-reforms-are-rejected.html  

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Gambia: Jammeh steps down, conceding defeat after election loss

December 5, 2016
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Oklahoma City Sun    

"After being in power for 22 years, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh was handed a shock defeat in the presidential election from Adama Barrow. Jammeh accepted his defeat and announced his decision to step down after he obtained 212,099 votes against Barrow’s 263,515 votes. After conceding defeat, he said, 'Gambians have decided that I should take the backseat. You have voted for someone to lead our country. This is our country, and I wish you all the best.'" (12/04/16)

http://www.oklahomacitysun.com/index.php/sid/249896627  

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Palestine: Abbas’s control bolstered by Fatah election results

December 5, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas kept a strong grip on his Fatah movement in an election in which his loyalists remained dominant in its top decision-making body, final results showed on Sunday. The outcome of the voting, held on Saturday during the first congress of Abbas's Fatah party for seven years, signaled no change in a policy of pursuing a two-state solution with Israel, Palestinian political analysts said. ... Official results of the Fatah Central Committee (FCC) election showed that least 16 of the 18 seats up for election went to Abbas loyalists. As Fatah leader -- Abbas was re-elected to the post at the first day of the session on Tuesday -- he can choose another three delegates on the 21-member panel." (12/04/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/mahmoud-abbas-bolstered-fatah-election-results-528187  

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