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Победа Махмуда Аббаса на президентских выборах в Палестине является серьезным испытанием для палестинского руководства. Избрание Аббаса председателем исполнительного комитета Организации освобождения Палестины через несколько часов после смерти Арафата обеспечило ему поддержку организации, представляющей всех палестинцев, включая палестинскую диаспору. Избрание Аббаса президентом Палестинской национальной автономии на всеобщих выборах дает ему законные основания для проведения в жизнь его политической программы.

Эта программа, несмотря на ее сходство с программой Арафата, отличается от последней в ключевых вопросах. Аббас (также известный как Абу Мазен) открыто и последовательно выступал с критикой того, что он называет «милитаризацией интифады». Еще до смерти Арафата Аббас утверждал, что использование силы со стороны вооруженных формирований ослабляет переговорные позиции Палестины. Держался он этой позиции и во время своей предвыборной кампании, отказываясь уступить требованиям палестинских фракций, придерживающихся «жесткого» курса, и принести извинения за свои прошлые заявления.

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