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Report: Palestinian police chief to run against Arafat

Confusion remains over firings of security officials

West Bank preventive security chief Jibril Rajoub says he is willing to step down but that he hasn't been formally notified of his dismissal.
West Bank preventive security chief Jibril Rajoub says he is willing to step down but that he hasn't been formally notified of his dismissal.  


RAMALLAH, West Bank (CNN) -- The Palestinian police chief, whom Yasser Arafat apparently dismissed this week, will challenge the Palestinian leader in upcoming elections, a senior Palestinian security source said.

"Maj. Gen. Ghazi al-Jibali decided to resign from his post to prepare himself to run for the upcoming presidential election," the source told the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. He did not say whether al-Jibali had submitted his resignation.

On Tuesday, Arafat apparently dismissed al-Jibali and Jibril Rajoub, the West Bank's preventive security chief.

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But Rajoub said Thursday he had not been formally notified of the firing. He said he was willing to step down if Arafat wanted him to so but that he planned to remain in the post until he received formal notification.

Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Jamil al-Tarifi notified Rajoub -- thought to be a possible successor to Arafat -- that he was sacked, a Rajoub aide said Tuesday night.

The aide said Rajoub was told he would be named governor of the West Bank city of Jenin, while Zuhair al-Manasreh -- governor of Jenin until recently -- would head the preventive security apparatus.

An Arafat aide told Ha'aretz that a Thursday night meeting between the Palestinian leader and Rajoub had been canceled. No explanation was given.

Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo told Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based, Arabic language TV network, on Thursday that changes in the Palestinian security apparatus were coming and would be announced soon.

"Decisions [on the reform of security services] will be taken and will be made public within a day or two," Abed Rabbo said.

"There are suggestions and issues under discussion, and maybe some of these things under discussion were leaked to the press. A decision regarding these issues has not been issued yet."



 
 
 
 







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