Arafat Under Fire

After months of bitter complaining in conference rooms over thick coffee and cigarettes, Yasser Arafat's critics within his own Fatah Party burst into the open last week. As riots rocked Gaza, parliamentarians threatened a hunger strike unless Arafat agreed to reform his corrupt administration and hand over control of the military to a new Prime Minister to replace Ahmed Qurei, who wants to resign. But so far Arafat has remained defiant, refusing to accept Qurei's resignation, accusing opponents of a conspiracy to shove him aside and denying that he will give up any power. "I'm not going to surrender," Arafat said...

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