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Israel announced that a prominent Palestinian will be appointed mayor of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. Col. Efrain Sneh, head of the Israeli administration in the occupied territory, told a news conference that he has approved the appointment of Zafer Masri, 44, head of the Nablus Chamber of Commerce. Masri will be the first new Palestinian mayor in the occupied territories since 1976, when the last direct election was held by local Palestinians. No date for the transfer of power was announced.


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