Palestinian Authority sets dates for legislative and presidential elections

Friday 1442/6/2 - 2021/01/15
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RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 15, 2021, SPA -- The Palestinian Authority on Friday announced it will hold its first national elections in more than a decade, in the latest of many attempts to end years of infighting between President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and his rival Hamas.
Palestinians' last parliamentary ballot in 2006 resulted in a surprise win by Hamas, widening an internal political rift that led to the group's seizure of the Gaza Strip in 2007 and contributed to a long delay in setting further elections.
The PA, which has limited self-rule in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, will hold legislative elections on May 22 and a presidential vote on June 31, Reuters paraphrased a decree from Abbas's office as saying.
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