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A leadership conference of the Palestinian Fatah movement has unanimously re-elected President Mahmoud Abbas to a new five-year term. Party official Salim Zanoun asked the gathering yesterday to elect Abbas "by consensus." The hundreds of delegates stood up and applauded Abbas, who then hugged Zanoun. The five-day conference is expected to cement Abbas' control of Fatah and lock out his chief rival, the exiled Mohamed Dahlan.
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