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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 …

Hamas chief says to step down next year

Khaled Meshaal, 60, was elected the head of Hamas’ political bureau in 1996   Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal said he will not run for re-election as the head of the Palestinian group next year. “Khaled Meshaal will be the former head of Hamas’ political bureau next year,” he said …

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 …

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 …

Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians from West Bank, interrogate Hebron locals about elections

HEBRON (Ma’an) — At least 13 Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, according to local Palestinian and Israeli army sources. Israeli forces reportedly detained Wassim al-Jamal, Wajdi al-Karaki, Nimr Asafra and Shihab Abu Ihleil from the southern West Bank’s Hebron city. In …

Outrage as names of Palestine’s female candidates are hidden in local elections

Palestine’s local elections, scheduled for October 8, have generated much excitement on the streets of Gaza and the West Bank – the first elections to be held since the Hamas-Fatah split in 2007. However, they have also managed to provoke controversy after some of the female candidates’ names were concealed, …

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. …

Central Elections Commission Publish Preliminary List of Candidates for Local Elections

RAMALLAH, August 29, 2016 (WAFA) – The Central Elections Commission Monday announced that it had registered a total of 874 electoral lists for the upcoming local elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Central Elections Commission (CEC) published a total of 874 electoral lists and candidates, including 787 …

Local elections in Nablus postponed after ‘extrajudicial execution’ by Palestinian police

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Political factions and institutions in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus have decided to postpone municipal elections set to take place in October in the wake of violent confrontations between armed groups and Palestinian security forces which culminated in the brutal killing of one suspect …

Gaza becomes social media warzone ahead of Palestinian elections

Political rivals Hamas and Fatah are locked in a battle of words and images over conditions in the Hamas-ruled coastal strip The widespread use of social media for the first time in Palestinian elections has seen both sides locked in a conflict of narratives over conditions in the coastal strip …