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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 February 2006, 14:55 GMT
Palestinian election: Results in detail
The Islamic militant group Hamas had a surprise win in the first Palestinian parliamentary elections for 10 years.

Hamas, which did not field candidates in 1996, took 74 out of 132 seats in the January 2006 ballot - leaving the previous ruling party Fatah with 45.

Half of the seats were contested in constituencies, the other half through "homeland lists".


The "homeland lists" also saw Hamas, which stood as Change and Reform, take the greatest number of seats.

ELECTION RESULTS FOR THE HOMELAND LISTS (66 SEATS)
Hamas list: 29 seats
Fatah list: 28 seats
PFLP list: 3 seats
Badeel list: 2 seats
Independent Palestine list:2
Third Way list: 2 seats

Although Hamas had been expected to put in a strong showing at the elections, few thought they would achieve an overall majority.

On top of the seats it won outright, a further four went to independents which Hamas claims to have backed, suggesting it may control as many as 78 seats overall.

A further nine seats went to smaller parties.

The turnout among the estimated 1.3 million Palestinian voters was about 74.6%.

The overall results show that there has been a dramatic shift of power in Palestinian politics.

1996 ELECTION
1) Fatah: 55 seats
2) Independent Fatah: 7 seats
3) Independent Islamists: 4
4) Independent Christians: 3
5) Independents: 15 seats
6) Samaritans: 1 seat
7) Others: 1 seat
8): Vacant: 2 seats
2006 ELECTION
1) Hamas - 74 seats
2) Fatah - 45 seats
3) PFLP - 3 seats
4) Badeel - 2 seats
5) Independent Palestine - 2
6) Third Way - 2




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