6,623. 1/26/2006

On January 26, 2006, “the radical Islamist party of Hamas won a landslide victory in Palestinian legislative elections over the moderate, secular leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas and the governing Fatah party. The outcome gave Hamas–considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel, and the European Union–the right to form a new government and determine the Palestinian political future.”

 – Elisabeth Bumiller, Condoleezza Rice: An American Life, Page 279

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