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Palestinians ponder who may run for president next year

Although the reconciliation process is moving slowly, a busy electoral season awaits the Palestinian territories, during which each of many parties might field their own candidate or end up forming electoral alliances.

Palestinian factions have agreed to hold presidential, legislative and general elections next year. Though they have yet to set a date, the agreement is spurring speculation about who will be running for the presidency.

The groups met for reconciliation talks Nov. 21-22 in Cairo and again less than two weeks later. The factions participating are Fatah and Hamas — the two main parties — as well as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Fida Party and the Palestinian National Initiative.

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