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Nazareth to Hold Its First Municipal Elections on Sunday

This preponderantly non-Jewish town is in a fever of electioneering activity this week, with its first municipal election scheduled for next Sunday.

Until now, the municipal councillors were nominated by the government. Now, eight election lists are competing in the balloting–including two Greek Orthodox, two Roman Catholic, two Moslem parties, one representing the Mapai, and one Communist.

Actually, all the lists except the Communist Party’s make up a united bloc against the Communists. The latter started an intensive campaign recently, using anti-Jewish and anti-Israel slogans.

A third Moslem list in addition to the two on the ballot withdrew from the election campaign yesterday due to internal differences among its members. The election is being supervised by a special committee representing the government’s Interior Ministry.