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Moderate Fatah group gains 3rd seat in PLO

The Palestinian parliament-in-exile has ended a nine-day session, electing a new executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization which appeared to strengthen still further the leading position of the moderate commando group Al-Fatah. Fatah advanced from 2 to 3 seats on the committee, which remained at 15 members.

The new Fatah man, Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian side of the Soviet-Palestinian Friendship Society, joins PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and Farouk Kaddoumi, head of the organization's political department.

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Two relatively new commando groups, the Palestine Liberation Front and the Popular Struggle Front, failed to be a dmitted to the executive committee.