Palestinian presidential candidate Abbas is escorted by body guards to deliver a campaign speech to supporters in the West Bank town of Bir Nabala
Palestinian presidential candidate Mahmoud Abbas is escorted by body guards to deliver a campaign speech to supporters in the West Bank town of Bir Nabala, on January 7, 2005. Mahmoud Abbas's campaign to succeed Yasser Arafat wound up on a sour note on Friday as he canceled a stop in Arab East Jerusalem because Israeli security would have embarrassed him. Abbas has revived international hopes for Middle East peace by pressing for an end to violence in a Palestinian uprising and pledging to pursue peace talks with Israel after Sunday's presidential election which he is expected to easily win.
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