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    Last Update: 01/10/2004 01:07 Poll: Over 90% of Palestinians back reforms http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/483564.html By Reuters More than 90 percent of
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      Last Update: 01/10/2004 01:07

      Poll: Over 90% of Palestinians back reforms
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/483564.html
      By Reuters

      More than 90 percent of Palestinians support calls for sweeping reforms of
      Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority but far fewer think they will happen,
      a poll published on Thursday said.

      Arafat has faced unprecedented unrest amid demands at home and abroad for
      reforms to curtail corruption, shake up a plethora of security forces and
      strengthen democracy. Little concrete action has been taken so far.

      The poll from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found
      that 93 percent of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support
      calls for fundamental political reforms.

      But only 51 percent of the 1,319 respondents believed the Authority was
      serious about carrying out the changes.

      The poll showed that 36 percent hold the Authority, rather than Israel,
      responsible for chaos that has gripped Palestinian areas in recent months.
      Only 25 percent of respondents questioned in March held this view.

      "Doubts exist about the seriousness of the Palestinian Authority in holding
      elections, implementing reform, of dealing with corruption. The public
      therefore views the Authority's performance in very negative terms," the
      center said.

      Angered by the leadership's failure to make reforms, lawmakers said on
      Wednesday they plan to force a parliamentary no-confidence vote that could
      bring down the government of Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, an Arafat
      appointee.

      The poll showed a rise in the number of Palestinians calling for Qureia?s
      resignation to 49 percent up from 39 percent in March.
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