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Arafat Says Election Results Have No Bearing on Intifada

Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat offered his analysis of Tuesday’s Israeli elections, and insisted that the results would have no bearing on the intifada — the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“The revolt will continue, wave after wave, until the end of the occupation,” Arafat told reporters here Thursday after a 90-minute meeting with Foreign Minister Giulio Andreotti.

Arafat was making a three-hour stopover after a flight from Baghdad.

As for the outcome of the election, which put the balance of political power in the hands of ultra-Orthodox and extreme right-wing parties, the PLO chief said, “The results show the failure of the two main parties.

“The growth of the small parties shows the confusion of the electorate,” Arafat said, although according to him, there was no difference between Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s Likud bloc and the Labor Party headed by Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

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