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Middle East / Peace Process / Arafat's Cabinet / Corruption #418136

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 29, 1997
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(Studio: Fionnuala Sweeney) The prospects for a breakthrough in the Middle East peace talks noted; views of Jordan's King Hussein and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad cited. Charges of corruption in Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat's cabinet reviewed.

(Gaza: Jerrold Kessel) The view of Palestinians about their situation and corruption among the Palestinian Authority officials featured; scenes shown from the poorer sections of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, where the people are concerned about the growing division between have and have nots. [Palestinian Council member Azmi SHOUABI (thru translator), Palestinian cabinet member Hanan ASHRAWI, Palestinian Government Tourism Center Randa BAMIA, Palestinian minister of social welfare Intissar el-WAZIR; Palestinian Council member Azmi SHOUABI (thru translator), Palestinian activist Khaled SULEIMAN - comment on the issue of corruption.] The control of key commodities by government-supported monopolies, the rampant nepotism and the brazen show of wealth by Palestinian government officials noted.

(Studio: Fionnuala Sweeney) Report that United States special envoy Dennis Ross is heading for the Middle East to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Arafat noted.

Kessel, Jerrold;
Sweeney, Fionnuala

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