Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

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1998

Apr. 22: Canada reported that it would set up a representative office in the West Bank. [4/23 FT] May 6: Palestinian National Authority (PNA) attorney general Fayiz Abu al-Rahman resigned, claiming it was impossible to carry out his duties due to interference from the PNA security services. [5/7 FT]

May 31: The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) threatened to hold a vote of no-confidence if PNA president Yasir `Arafat and his cabinet did not respond to complaints of corruption within two weeks. [6/1 FT]

June 2: Italy agreed to give the PNA $19 million to improve its infrastructure. [6/5 FBIS] June 11: PNA president `Arafat agreed to form a new cabinet by 25 June and asked the PLC to delay a vote of no-confidence. [6/12 WP] June 12: At a meeting at the Vatican, PNA president `Arafat invited Pope John Paul II to Bethlehem for millennium celebrations. The pontiff told `Arafat that he would pray for the Palestinian "nation." [6/13 WP]

June 13: PNA president `Arafat invited the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) to join the government. …

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