Defeated official cries foul

RAMALLAH - Ousted top Fatah official Ahmed Qurie, former Palestinian prime minister, said yesterday that elections to the executive body of the main Palestinian party this week were "unsound".

Qurie, who was a negotiator with Israel for years, levelled the charge a day after Fatah announced final results of voting for its central committee members at the movement's first congress in 20 years.

Qurie said he had appealed to Fatah for a review of the vote.

Fatah said its elections for the central committee and revolutionary council had been "free, fair and transparent". - Reuters