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Hamas delegates find welcome at Fatah conference, but not trust

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Recent developments have some observers asking if PLO parties Hamas and Fatah are possibly nearing reconciliation, but others point to the numerous failed attempts at rapprochement since the groups split violently in 2007. A Hamas delegation participated in the opening of Fatah’s seventh general congress Nov. …

Who better to achieve Palestinian reconciliation than Egypt?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Egypt is trying to break the deadlock over the Fatah and Hamas reconciliation. Daoud Shihab, the spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, told Felesteen newspaper Nov. 22 that during a Nov. 14 meeting in Cairo with a senior Islamic Jihad delegation headed by the movement’s …

Fatah reappoints Abbas as party chairman as 7th congress kicks off

  RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Fatah party kicked off its seventh conference on Tuesday by reappointing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as chairman of the political faction, as hundreds of members of the movement and other political groups gathered in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.According to official Palestinian Authority …

Fatah holds congress amid Abbas’ succession speculation

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – After a two-year delay, Fatah movement’s seventh congress is expected to open on Tuesday amid Internal wrangling over Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ succession. Up to 1,400 invited members are expected to design the movement’s strategy for the next five years. The congress will also elect Fatah’s 23-member …

Fatah congress to usher in new generation of Palestinian leaders

The 1,500-plus delegates of the seventh Fatah congress, the next generation of Palestinian leaders, will be relatively younger (in their 40s and 50s) and more representative of the occupied territories than the current leadership. The congress, to be held Nov. 29 in Ramallah, will agree on a political platform and an action plan for the Palestinian …

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 …

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 …

Local councils who resigned for elections will stay on, says government

 The weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah. The cabinet asked all local councils to remain in their posts and continue as caretaker councils until new elections are held. Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister’s office.   RAMALLAH, October 11, 2016 (WAFA) – All municipal councils in the West Bank and Gaza …

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 …

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 …