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They voted for Hamas, but were surprised by its victory

Some Palestinians tried for message, but wary of result

By Anne Barnard
Globe Staff / February 7, 2006

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NABLUS, West Bank -- Muayad Abu Ghazaleh, 36, is the ultimate Palestinian swing voter. A lifelong backer of Yasser Arafat's Fatah party, he grew so disgusted with its cronyism and corruption that in parliamentary elections on Jan. 25 he cast his ballot for Hamas, never suspecting the militant group would actually win. (Full article: 1292 words)

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