Under pressure from Washington, Israel said yesterday that it would allow Arab residents of East Jerusalem to vote in Palestinian parliamentary elections this month - an issue which had threatened to derail the ballot.Meanwhile the New York Times has Ariel Sharon getting better. Perhaps he'll be up and about by polling day on 25/1/2006.
But the government said it will not permit Hamas, the militant Islamist party, to appear on ballots used in the city.
Before he suffered a stroke last week, the prime minister, Ariel Sharon, ordered that candidates be prevented from campaigning in Jerusalem and threatened to stop the vote in the city on January 25.
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