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Polls' postponement deepens crisis in Palestinian political system

Hamas supporters carry posters depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with a red cross during a protest in Gaza [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

On 26 January, 2006, Hamas was officially declared the winner of Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections, with more than 60 per cent of the vote, Anadolu News Agency reports. One year later, a political crisis between Hamas and Fatah led to a political division between them. As a result, the PLC was disabled and the elections were never held since then. After years of political tides, the Central Elections Commission announced its intention to hold legislative elections in May 2021. But, on 29 April, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, postponed them to an uncertain date, amid allegations that they would not be held in Jerusalem due to Israeli restrictions. The postponement resulted in a situation of loss of direction in Palestine's […]

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