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Presidential Elections

(January 2005)

Fatah candidate Mahmoud Abbas won the Palestinian Authority election over six challengers for succeeding Yasser Arafat as president of the Palestinian Authority.

From figures released by the Palestinian Central Election Committee, Abbas won over 62% ballots cast throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Abbas' closest challenger, the independent centre-left candidate Mustafa Barghuthi, came in second with 19.8% of the total ballots cast. More than 5% of the voters backed the Islamist and quasi-Islamist candidates, and another roughly 7% cast blank or invalid ballots.

Candidate
Party
Number of Votes
Percentage
Mahmoud Abbas
Fatah
775,146
62%
Mustafa Barghuthi
Independent
153,516
19.8%
Bassam Salhi
Palestine People's Party
20,844
2.9%
Taysir Khalid
PFLP
27,118
3.5%
Abd al-Halim al-Ashqar
Independent Islamist
20,774
2.68%
Sayid Baraka
Independent
9,809
1.27%
Abd al-Karim Shbair
Independent
5,874
0.86%

Sources: Jerusalem Post, (January 10 & 16, 2005); CNN.com, (January 10, 2005); Aljazeera.Net, (January 11 & 15, 2005)