Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestine / Qatar / Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestine / Qatar / Saudi Arabia

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Palestine 1996

Jan. 20: In Palestinian elections, 75 percent of eligible voters turned out to elect PLO chairman Yasir Arafat as the President of the Palestinian Council, an 88-member body which was also elected. Arafat won 88 percent of the vote, and his Fatah party secured 50 of the 88 Palestinian Council seats. [1/21 NYT, 1/22 WSJ]

Feb. 9: Sweden pledged $26 million in aid to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). [2/9 FBIS]

Feb. 12: Arafat was officially sworn in as President of the Palestine National Authority (PNA). [2/13 NYT]

Mar. 7: In Gaza, PNA president Arafat convened the first session of the Palestinian Council. [3/8 NYT]

Mar. 21: A group associated with the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) formed the Islamic National Salvation Party, led by Isma`il Abu Shanab. [3/22 NYT]

Mar. 29: In Nablus, police clashed with demonstrators protesting the imprisonment of HAMAS members. [4/1 FBIS]

Apr. 3: In Ramallah, outside a meeting of the Palestinian Council, demonstrators protested a 30 March police raid on the Najah University, in Nablus. [4/4 NYT]



Feb. 20: The government announced that nearly 100 soldiers and police officers were arrested for participating in a plot to overthrow Amir Shaykh Hamad bin-Khalifa al-Thani. The Amir deposed and exiled his father on 27 June 1995. [2/21 FT]

Saudi Arabia


Jan. 29: Ibrahim bin-'Abd al-'Aziz al-'Assat was appointed minister of finance and national economy. [1/30 FBIS]

Feb. 2: It was reported that the government had funded covert shipments of $300 million in arms to Bosnia, in violation of a UN arms embargo. …

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