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Is Abbas overstepping his authority with decision to form new court?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 4, 2016.  (photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)   RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian public prosecution, the Supreme Judicial Council and the Bar Association are currently studying a draft law on …

EUPOL COPPS supports Fair Trial in Palestine

On Wednesday 27 July, EUPOL COPPS supported several  Justice and Police Institutions in organising a donor event on the topic of “fair trial”. The aim of the meeting was to show to the international donor community a unity of purpose within the Justice Sector in the ambition to achieve the …

Local elections could help unlock Palestinian political paralysis

Last month’s decision by the Palestinian Authority to schedule municipal elections in early October hardly registered in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, much less here in Washington. In light of Hamas’ recent decision to take part in the process, however, those elections have suddenly taken on new meaning. While …

Hamas to prepare technocrat lists for local elections

Hamas leader in the West Bank Hussein Abu-Kwaik said that his movement had started “initial discussions” to prepare national technocrat lists for the local elections in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Anadolu reported on Monday. Abu-Kwaik stressed that his movement “decided to facilitate the elections in order to …

NEW Think Tank Gender Policy Institute in Palestine

Photo: UNESCO Ramallah PA, Norway and UNESCO are working together to establish a ‘think tank’ on gender equality, unique in the region. Mr. Hans Jacob Frydenlund announced the need to empower women to combat all kinds of gender based violence. He is looking with great interest to the Gender Policy …

Palestinian factions sign Charter of Honour on municipal elections

Prominent Palestinian factions have signed a Charter of Honour regarding the municipal elections slated for 8 October, Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. Reporting the Central Elections Committee, Anadolu said that the Charter of Honour stresses on respecting the results of the elections regardless of the winner. It also called …

Voter registration centers open for 5 days across West Bank, Gaza Strip

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEO) announced Saturday that voter registration centers would be open from Saturday until Wednesday in all local and municipal councils across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in preparations for the upcoming local elections in October.CEO Secretary-General Lamis al-Alami made the …

News Analysis: Challenges ahead of first Palestinian local elections over decade

  GAZA/RAMALLAH, July 19 (Xinhua) — Palestinians have launched preparations for holding first local elections in 11 years, unfolding internal and external challenges ahead of national elections, say observers. The Palestinian government decided in June to hold the local elections on Oct. 8 to choose domestic governing bodies like municipalities …

Palestinian factions vow to respect results of local elections

Palestinian factions have given “enough guarantees” that they will “respect election results”, the head of the Palestinian Central Election Commission Hanna Nasser said yesterday. Speaking during a press conference in Gaza after a meeting with Hamas officials, Nasser said: “We hope that these elections will be objective and transparent, as …

Hamas holds pro-Erdogan rallies in Gaza, PA congratulates Turkey after coup attempt

    GAZA (Ma’an) — The Hamas movement organized several demonstrations in the besieged Gaza Strip Saturday morning, rejecting Friday night’s attempted military coup in Turkey and expressing “joy” at its failure, while the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority also came out in support of the Turkish government’s “triumph of democracy.”Demonstrations started …