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7 December 2004
Emergency Assistance for the Election of the Ra'ees of the Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority
On December 7 (Tue), Japan decided to extend emergency assistance totaling about $1.06 million to help the election of the President (Ra'ees) of the Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority on January 9, 2005, to be carried out in a fair and smooth manner.
As Mr. Yasser Arafat, Ra'ees of the Palestinian Authority, passed away on November 11, the Palestinian Authority plans to have an election on January 9, 2005, to decide his successor. The Central Election Committee has recently asked the donor countries for donations to help in carrying out the election. In response to this request, Japan has decided to extend about $690,000 for the Committee's voter education activities, and about $370,000 to support U.N. liaison and assistance activities of the electoral observers through the Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Japan recognizes that the implementation of the election in a fair and smooth manner is important in establishing the authenticity of the new leadership of the Palestinian Authority and promoting the Middle East peace process. Japan intends to continue to proactively tackle the issues of the Middle East peace.