Palestinian militant will challenge Abbas’s party in election

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Their first parliamentary elections in fifteen years. Npr's daniel estrin reports from jerusalem. The longtime palestinian authority president faces a serious challenger. Candidates submitted their lists for elections next month. And there's a major shakeup marwan barghouti a popular figure serving a life. Sentence in israel is backing an independent list for parliament. Another candidate muhammadu to. Helen is backing another list. That means votes. That would have gone to palestinian president. Mahmoud abbas fatah party could be spread among multiple rival lists that could weaken the secular party and give its islamist rival hamas the upper hand in elections analysts say that might give president abbass reason to cancel the elections of haute which was aimed at unifying the palestinian territories after fifteen years of divided. Rule daniel

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