Palestinian official announces Fatah election results

A Palestinian official on Wednesday evening announced official results for the main leadership body of Fatah. Ahmed Sayad said the results were almost the same as the unofficial tally posted after the Sunday voting, with one exception. Voting for the 18th position, the last one on the list, produced a tie, so the second candidate, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, was also allowed into the Fatah Central Committee. Rahim is a longtime Fatah functionary. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appoints four more members of the committee. The official results reflected the shift in power from older, exiled revolutionaries to younger, local leaders like Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah official serving five life terms in an Israeli prison.