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A Palestinian contestant, Soaar Salman, stands in front of the judges during the taping of the program “The President” in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. “The President” is broadcast weekly on Maan TV, a popular independent Palestinian TV station. It offers contestants a chance to address the Palestinian people on what they would do on a variety of subjects if elected president.

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