Arafat take his oaUh as council prsident

He took the oath before Salim al-Zaanoun, the acting head of the Palestine National Council, the so-called Palestinian parliament in exile, and Palestinian chief justice Qusai al-Abadleh.

Under the self-rule accord with Israel, Arafat will head a Palestinian government during an interim period, until both sides agree on the final status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Permanent-status talks, which will also determine the future of Jerusalem, Jewish settlements and Palestinian refugees, are slated to begin in May.