The ruling Fatah movement of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas won municipal elections in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Election Committee said Fatah won control of 52 of the 84 municipal councils to 24 for the Islamic terrorist group Hamas. Smaller factions took four councils, and four were undecided. It's an important victory for Abbas ahead of parliamentary elections in July and boosts prospects for reviving peace talks with Israel. Abbas supports the peace process, while Hamas seeks the destruction of Israel through armed struggle. However, Hamas made a strong showing in Gaza; the group claims it won 70 percent of the vote.
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