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Fatah wins seats in Gaza union election

April 12, 2011 2:30 P.M. (Updated: April 12, 2011 10:08 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Representatives aligned with the Fatah party won the majority of seats Monday night, in a union election in Gaza City.

The Workers Union at the Al-Azhar University carried out the elections, saying they were carried out in a "fair and democratic process," and noted that rights organizations and government officials had been asked to monitor the vote.

Union officials said of the 630 registered members, 583 participated in the vote, the first in two years.

Members affiliated with Fatah won eight seats, and an independent member took the ninth.

"These elections represent a new beginning," one of the newly elected union representatives, Jihad Abu Mussa, told Ma'an.

Those who won seats were: Sami Nasser, Tyan Ahmed, Ayman Shaheen, Moussa Hillis, Haitham Ghipin, Osama Ash-Shawa, Jihad Abu Moussa, and Sami Musleh for Fatah. The independent winner was Othman Ayoub.
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