Abbas’ path to elections is fraught with peril

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Ramallah (West Bank)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ call for elections has thrown his political future into peril. He was forced to negotiate competing demands to engage with a friendlier U.S. administration, mend the rift with his militant Hamas rivals and keep his unruly Fatah movement from breaking apart. The presidential decree issued, calling for what would be the first Palestinian elections in 15 years.—AP