Palestinians to hold elections in July

Tue Feb 8, 2011 7:40AM

The Palestinian cabinet will meet to name a date for the local elections in the West Bank.
Following Hamas’ refusal to participate in the Palestinian Authority (PA) elections, Ramallah will hold local elections limited to the West Bank in July.

The Palestinian Authority cabinet is to meet later on Tuesday to name mid July as the most likely time for the elections, a government official told AFP.

The local elections, however, would be limited to the West Bank, the official added.

Local polls were originally set for July 2010, but were postponed after Hamas said it would not take part.

Hamas has refused to recognize the government of acting PA Chief Mahmud Abbas since his four-year term expired in January 2009 and it rejected legislative elections that also should have been held last year.

Hamas and Fatah have been at odds since Hamas came to power in the 2006 general elections. Differences between the rival groups reached its peak in June 2007 when Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in a bid to “foil a coup plot” by some Fatah elements.

Abbas, in response, sacked the Hamas government and set up a parallel cabinet in Ramallah.

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