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Palestinian Authority created ‘atmosphere of hysteria’

PA President Mahmoud Abbas was widely criticised by Palestinians for attending the funeral of Israeli politician Shimon Peres [EPA] A recent poll has found that 63.8 percent of youth in the West Bank and Gaza would rather maintain the Palestinian Authority than dissolve it. Analysts and political activists, however, believe …

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Why opinion polls won’t bring democracy to Palestine

The Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) can be seen as a “republic of polling centres”. Over the past two decades, opinion polling has become an industry that attracts local, regional and international actors. The results of these polls give an overall indication of the “public mood”, but they are not taken …

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Palestinian election delayed indefinitely, widening rift

World Bulletin / News Desk The political gap between the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip has widened after the Palestinian Supreme Court ruled last week that municipal polls would not be held in the latter, according to a senior Hamas official. In exclusive comments to Anadolu Agency, Basem …

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Local Palestinian elections ‘referendum on Abbas rule’

The Palestinian Authority is buying time to avoid an electoral defeat, analysts say. The Palestinian Authority decided to delay the vote for up to four months after the Central Elections Commission ruled that the Gaza Strip could not participate in the vote [Reuters] The fate of local elections in the …

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UN Special Coordinator welcomes PA decision to postpone elections

PNN/ Bethlehem/ The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Tuesday welcomed the decision to postpone local elections, saying that it  is the national interest of the Palestinian people that when such elections take place, they be organized both in the West Bank and Gaza. “I …

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PA postpones municipal elections by 4 months, Hamas rejects decision

HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Hamas movement has rejected a decision announced by the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Tuesday to postpone municipal elections for four months with the intent of holding them in the entire occupied Palestinian territory, following backlash over a Supreme Court ruling to exclude the Gaza Strip from …

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Supreme court decides to hold local elections in West Bank, call them off in Gaza

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah during its session on Monday decided to carry on with the local elections in the West Bank and call them off in the Gaza strip. Lawyer Tony Salman told PNN that the court decided to go on with the elections in the West …

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Hamas: No to running elections in West Bank only

Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran told Wattan news agency that the movement hopes to appeal against the judgement to resume elections in the West Bank only and hold elections on time September 19, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Published in: Middle East, News, Palestine In a meeting with the Central Elections …

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Palestinian court suspends local elections

High court decision comes after disputes between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements over candidate lists. A Palestinian court has ordered the suspension of local elections in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip scheduled for October 8, AFP news agency reports. The decision, made by the high court in …

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Will tribalism dominate upcoming Palestinian elections?

A Palestinian man reads voter pamphlets in the office of the Central Elections Commission in the town of El Bireh, West Bank, Aug. 17, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman) The countdown to the Palestinian local elections has begun. The atmosphere is tense, with remarkable participation by tribes and families in addition to the usual political forces. …

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