The Palestinian leadership has promised swift elections to replace President Yasser Arafat.
They welcomed comments from US President George W Bush that he would push for a Palestinian state during his second term. Also lending his support: EU Foreign Policy chief, Javier Solana, who visited Ramallah. “I’d like to say that you can be sure that we are going to support them. And we are going to the do the utmost to see this dream realised,” he said. George W Bush has said he wanted to see a Palestinian state by the end of his term, pointing to elections as a key step. According to Palestinian law, after the death of the president, elections have to be held within 60 days. That means by January 9th. Yasser Arafat was buried amid chaotic scenes in Ramallah on Friday at the compound where he was penned in by Israel duing his last years. He was accused by Israel of fomenting an uprising that began after peace talks collapsed in 2000.