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Fatah claims victory in 1st West Bank poll since 2006

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories--Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party claimed victory on Sunday in local elections it expected to win in the West Bank, in the first such vote since 2006.

Fatah officials were openly jubilant ahead of the definitive results that are due out within 48 hours and even before preliminary results began to emerge.

Preliminary results which the Central Elections Commission began releasing in the evening showed that Fatah's “Independence and Development” list alone secured 440 of the 1,051 seats being contested.

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