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Tags: Palestinians | Mass Wedding | Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian Leader Presides Over Mass Wedding

Palestinian Leader Presides Over Mass Wedding
Palestinian brides and grooms getting married in a mass wedding of 250 couples, in the presence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in Jericho, West Bank on Jan. 28.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:53 AM EST

JERICHO, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has presided over a mass wedding of 218 couples in the parking lot of a five-star hotel in the West Bank.

It's the first time he is copying a social outreach tactic perfected by his political rivals from the Islamic militant group Hamas as he courts flagging popular support.

With unemployment in double digits and the cost of living rising, couples unable to afford a traditional wedding jumped at the chance of Tuesday's all-expenses-paid party.

Abbas' office paid more than $1 million. Each couple also received $4,000.

The brides wore colorful embroidered Palestinian robes and carried bouquets of white roses.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has presided over a mass wedding of 218 couples in the parking lot of a five-star hotel in the West Bank, copying a social outreach tactic perfected by his political rivals from the Islamic militant group Hamas.
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 09:53 AM
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