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Palestinian security forces to vote early in local elections

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Voting in upcoming municipal elections will be held two days early for members of the Palestinian security forces, according to official Palestinian news agency Wafa. Citing a statement from the Central Elections Commission (CEC), Wafa reported that the elections, which are scheduled to be held in the …

Poll: 36% of Palestinian youth will shun local elections

  A recent poll showed a decline in the percentage of Palestinian youth who will participate in the local elections scheduled in the occupied West Bank on 13 May. The Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD), which conducted the survey, said: “There are worrying signs of a low percentage …

Hamdallah signs off on recommendations made by fact-finding commission

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has committed to implementingrecommendations made in a report released on Monday by a fact-finding commission, which notably called for Palestinian forces to be punished for using unjustified force against a peaceful protest in Ramallah, while also recommending that legal action be taken …

PHROC ‘supports activist Omar Barghouthi in resisting Israeli actions’

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) on Wednesday expressed its support for human rights activist and founding member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), Omar Barghouthi, in confronting Israeli actions that target his activism locally and abroad. According to PHROC, Barghouthi has recently been the victim …

Committee investigating anti-PA protests to submit results in coming days

(File) RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A committee formed to probe “events between protesters and Palestinian security forces” last week — when Palestinian police beat protesters and smashed journalists’ equipment — is to submit the results of the investigation by Wednesday, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said. The director of …

ICHR releases a fact finding report on the Nablus events of August 2016

Ramallah – On 7 March 2017, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) released a fact finding report on the events, which took place in the city of Nablus in August 2016. The report addresses the killing of five Palestinian citizens, including military personnel and civilians, in three separate, but …

PA closes voter registration for West Bank municipal elections

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s Central Elections Commission (CEC) announced on Wednesday that the voter registration process for local elections was now complete after registration centers had been open for five days. The CEC said physical and online registration both closed at 3 p.m., after 40,000 new voters registered …

PA to hold local elections in West Bank only, after Hamas refuses to participate in Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) has decided to hold local elections in the occupied West Bank on May 13 as scheduled, while excluding Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip from taking part. During the PA’s weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday in Bethlehem, it was decided that elections …

Hamdallah says government may be forced to conduct elections in West Bank alone

RAMALLAH, February 26, 2017 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Sunday that in case Hamas rejects to allow the government to hold the municipal elections on time, the government will decide to hold the elections in the West Bank alone and will postpone the elections in the Gaza …

Hamas decries Abbas overreach in setting local elections for spring

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority announced Jan. 31 that local council elections will be held on May 13 in all Palestinian territories — the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem — in coordination with President Mahmoud Abbas. However, Hamas said it will not take part …