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In pictures: Palestinian joy
A man buys a newspaper in Ramallah in the West Bank
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Palestinians awoke to the confirmation that Mahmoud Abbas would be their new president.
Fatah supporters celebrate the elections in Rafah in the Gaza Strip
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Members of Mr Abbas's Fatah organisation showed their delight in traditional fashion in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians in the Ain al-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon
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Palestinian refugees abroad - like these in Lebanon - joined in the celebrations.
Palestinians in Rafah celebrate the election results
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Mr Abbas - known as Abu Mazen - is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday.
Mahmoud Abbas is kissed by a supporter
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Some supporters did not wait for the official result. This fan embraced Mr Abbas on Sunday night, as exit polls predicted his victory.
Palestinians in Jenin celebrate
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Celebrations broke out overnight across the Palestinian territories, including Jenin in the West Bank.
Palestinians in Ramallah celebrate the election result
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In Ramallah, Mr Abbas's base, his backers had their party planned in advance.
Palestinians in Ramallah celebrate
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There are hopes among Palestinians that Mr Abbas can bring them peace. Their new leader has suggested he wants to meet the Israeli prime minister as soon as possible.




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