Friday, February 25, 2005

Democracy Taking Hold in PA

The Palestinian legislature turned down two cabinet lists, and only accepted the third when most Arafat holdovers were dropped. Link.
Fatah legislators have accepted a cabinet made up mostly of new faces, after forcing the Palestinian prime minister to ditch lineups that reformers rejected as stacked with Yasser Arafat loyalists.

Legislators from the dominant Fatah party only accepted Ahmed Qureia's third lineup late Wednesday, after three days of crises, when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas summoned them together and told them not to force a showdown. (...)

In one of the most significant changes, Nasser Yousef will replace an Arafat loyalist to take over the security forces, which Abbas wants to consolidate in an effort to clean up corruption and tighten control over the occupied territories.

Arafat had long resisted giving the posting to Yousef, an ex-general, because he wanted to retain control himself.

Palestinian officials, who wished to remain anonymous, said Qureia was forced to push out some well-known political allies of Arafat, including cabinet minister Saeb Erekat and Arafat's nephew and former UN envoy Nasser al-Kidwa.

The PA under Arafat was one of the most corrupt "governments" in the world. The Western press never tired of telling us how all Palestinians loved Arafat, and there were no other options. Only President Bush refused to recognize him as the "leader" of the Palestinians. As long as he was alive, everyone in the PA was too scared to oppose him. It was not a way to achieve long life. With Arafat dead, the legislators are able for the first time to use their authority, and, sure enough, they want to use it. Have you seen a correction anywhere in the MSM yet concerning their past conventional wisdom that Arabs do not want democracy and are culturally incapable of it?


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