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Tsunami..............................!!

Jan. 26, 2006 2:44 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 26, 2006 2:44 P.M.)
Ma'an Bethlehem - A long-standing member of Fateh described the Palestinian Legislative Council elections with one word: Tsunami.

He said this when announcements came that Hamas won the elections, and Fateh will be sitting in the opposition seats.

"Fateh is living in a crisis by losing its leading role. The crisis began the moment the results were known. But really, this crisis began earlier last year when Arafat died: this was a death that even the movement itself did not fully discuss its true implications."

PLC member Nabil Amro may be the first in the Fateh party who called upon Fateh to reconsider and discuss its leadership. He called for the Fateh Revolutionary Council to convene as soon as possible, describing what had happened as, "an earthquake with disastrous consequences if Fateh would not seriously discuss what had happened."

Fateh members appeared angry, shocked and frustrated when trying to analyze the reasons and background resulting in the outcome of the elections. The two Fateh members who participated in the interview held a very strong debate throughout the program.

Head of Palestinian negotiations, Dr. Sa'eb Erekat, said that Fateh will not participate in the government. He said that instead, Fateh will be sitting in the opposition seats and practicing its role from there. He commented that this points to the fact that Palestine has entered a new era.

A Hamas leader, Osama Hamdan, spoke diplomatically as a winner Thursday. He said that the Hamas party is ready to give a chance to every party to be a part in the government, adding that Hamas is in need of everyone and wishes that Fateh will be side by side with Hamas.

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