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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - President Yasser Arafat signed a law on Saturday formally declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of a future independent Palestinian state, legislative speaker Ahmed Korei said.
"President Arafat signed the 'Jerusalem The Capital' law stipulating that Jerusalem is the capital of a future independent state and the center of the legislative, judicial and executive authorities," Korei, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), said.
Korei said Arafat decided to sign the law, which had been presented to him by the PLC two years ago, in response to the new U.S. legislation which President Bush signed this week requiring the government to stipulate on documents that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Arafat has often spoken of the Palestinians' determination to make Arab East Jerusalem the capital of a future independent state. The PLC was due to...