Arafat loyalist elected Fatah legislator

A legislator from the old guard of the defeated Fatah Party was elected Saturday as leader of Fatah's faction in the new Palestinian Legislative Council, party officials said. The election of Azzam al-Ahmed, a former PLO ambassador to Iraq, was a blow to Gaza strongman Muhammad Dahlan, a member of Fatah's young guard, who had also sought the post. Ahmed won 20 votes, compared to 17 for Dahlan, with one abstention.