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February 14, 2003

Arafat agrees to share power

Seeing what this hypocrite does is more important than another Arafat press release.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has agreed to appoint a prime minister - a key demand by the US and international mediators for progress on a political settlement.

Most Palestinians have never known another leader

However Mr Arafat did not name a prime minister, set a date for the appointment or say how much power he would share.

The BBC's Barbara Plett says the US, Israel and the European Union, have been insisting that Yasser Arafat hand most of his powers over to another leader.

His announcement came after talks with envoys from the European Union, the UN and Russia at his headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

Mr Arafat said he would convene the Palestinian legislature and central council "to get their consent to name a prime minister. [more]