The West Bank

A Bold Objection to An Arafat Shuffle

It was one thing to boo and hiss, as many legislators did, when Palestinian Authority Chairman YASSER ARAFAT acceded to demands by reform-minded members of the Legislative Council and presented a so-called new Cabinet last week. But Minister HANAN MIKHAIL-ASHRAWI, prominent spokeswoman for the Palestinian cause, made her protest sting by loudly quitting the Cabinet. Disgusted at Arafat's failure to remove three of her colleagues accused of corruption last year, Mikhail-Ashrawi, a former literature professor, was also offended that Arafat did not consult her before switching her from the Ministry of Higher Education to the Tourism portfolio. By quitting, Mikhail-Ashrawi has...

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