Interior Ministry: Elections illegitimate, a cover-up for leaked scandals

[ 15/02/2011 – 11:10 AM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– The Gaza Ministry of Interior said presidential and legislative elections to be held by the PLO by September lack legitimacy and called the move a cover-up for recently leaked scandals in the Palestinian Authority.

As protests calling for government reforms take the Arab world by storm, the PLO’s Executive Committee announced decisions to hold a ballot in the West Bank. Hamas which governs the Gaza Strip has boycotted the move saying it will not confer legitimacy to results.

”The elections announced by the PLO lack legitimacy and represent no one but the people who compromised on Palestinian constants. Therefore, all that stems from them is illegitimate,” the Interior Ministry said in statements posted on its official website on Monday.

”We reject conducting elections in light of the absence of national agreement and in light of the continuation of suppressive acts in the occupied West Bank by Fatah security apparatuses against citizens and resistance fighters there,” the statement says.

”The step is an attempt to cover historic concessions by Fatah on Palestinian constants in light of the Fatah authority’s loss of its greatest support after the downfall of the Mubarak regime,” the statement says.

In separate statements, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, another resistance faction in Gaza, rejected the move, saying it would perpetuate the current split in Palestine.

”Elections are a constitutional and legal right and a road to democracy, but conducting them requires Palestinian national agreement and end to the split and restoration of unity…without that it would reinforce and perpetuate division,” the PFLP said.

”We will not participate in elections hat could consolidate or deepen the state of division,” it added. ”We will try by all means whether by political contacts or national and popular efforts to end the division as a key primary national task.”

Interior Ministry: Elections illegitimate, a cover-up for leaked scandals.

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