Palestinian elections

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Abbas officially named to head interim Palestinian govt

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal signed the “Doha Declaration” on Monday, which stipulates that Abbas will lead a unity government to oversee the upcoming Palestinian elections. His “national consensus government will be made up of independents and technocrats and they will be responsible for overseeing the elections.” Both parliamentary and presidential elections are … Continue reading

Palestinian politicians doubt elections will take place

Holding elections within a year was one of the main issues that Fatah and Hamas agreed on, in their reconciliation agreement that was signed in Cairo in May 2011. But there is much doubt among Palestinian officials about whether they will take place as planned in May 2012. “Elections can not be held under two … Continue reading

Palestinians take step towards elections, unity

Though many are skeptical as to whether presidential and parliamentarian elections will be held in the Palestinian territories in the near future, as the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement stipulates, a first practical step towards the elections was taken with the opening of a voter registration office in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Hamas claims that Israel is trying … Continue reading

Analysis: Can Palestinian Fatah win the election in May without Pres. Abbas at the helm?

Though they are likely to be postponed as a result of the slow implementation of the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, the date for Palestinian elections has been set for May 4, 2012. But as President Mahmoud Abbas told the Fatah Central Committee he is ready to retire, the party is in an urgent … Continue reading

Fatah member: ‘Hamas will defeat Fatah in May elections’

Nabil Amr, a senior Fatah member and former Palestinian Authority minister, said on Thursday would be defeated again by Hamas if and when new elections will be organized. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the elections will take place on May 4th, but many observers are skeptical given the difficulties to implement the reconciliation agreement … Continue reading

Zahhar: Hamas will sweep to victory in next elections

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said Sunday that his movement would win a sweeping victory in upcoming legislative elections due in May. Zahar said that Hamas would improve on their 2006 election victory, where they won 74 of an available 132 seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council. Hamas has not yet made a decision about a … Continue reading

Fatah: Ready for elections, proud of achievements

The Fatah movement said Monday that it is ready to participate in presidential and parliamentary elections in May 2012. Fatah spokesman Osama al-Qawasmi said the movement is proud of its national and political achievements and the sacrifices it has made to protect Palestinian unity. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here for the full story

Poll: Palestinians have doubts about outcome of reconciliation talks

As new reconciliation talks between Palestinian factions get underway in Cairo, including a meeting set for Wednesday between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, a poll suggests there are serious doubts among the Palestinian people about whether the negotiations will succeed. Los Angeles Times, United States Click here for the full story

‘Abbas is Fatah’s only Palestinian presidential candidate’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is Fatah’s only candidate in the presidential elections, slated for May 2012, a senior Fatah official said Saturday. The official said that most Fatah leaders in the West Bank have appealed to Abbas to run for another term. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Opinion Poll in the West Bank and Gaza on: Arab Spring, UN Initiative, Palestinian Political System, Internal Issues/Priorities Elections

Highlights of an opinion poll conducted in the West Bank and Gaza, by the Arab World for Research and Development: The majority of Palestinians (85 percent) support holding a parliamentary election next May 2012 as agreed to in the revised Cairo Agreement. Palestinians continue to place the highest importance on achieving national reconciliation with 96 percent … Continue reading

Jailed Hamas bomb maker eyes PA election run

Abdallah Barghouti, a Hamas bomb maker who is serving 67 life sentences for his role in the killing of dozens of Israelis, is planning to run in the next Palestinian parliamentary election, which is slated for May 2012, sources close to Hamas said Tuesday. Jerusalem post, Israel Click here for the full story

Zahhar: No elections in May

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar said Tuesday it was unlikely that elections would be held in May as scheduled. In an interview with Egyptian media, Zahhar said a unity government and security committee needed to be formed to ensure a transparent vote. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here for the full story

Hamas joins Global Muslim Brotherhood

A senior Hamas source told the London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper on Saturday that the Palestinian organization has joined the global movement of the Muslim Brotherhood. The expression “a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood – Palestine” has been added to Hamas’ official name – “The Islamic Resistance Movement.” Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the full story

Hamas demands Palestinian elections be held in East Jerusalem

Hamas will only agree to hold presidential and parliamentary elections next May if voting takes place in East Jerusalem and Hamas is allowed to participate – a condition to which Israel will almost certainly object. Haaretz, Israel Click here for the full story

Fatah: No elections until unity government formed

Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said Wednesday that a unity government must be formed before elections can be held: “It is illegal to run elections while we have two governments.” Al-Azzam, who heads the Fatah delegation for reconciliation, blamed Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip for the confusion. “There is a trend within Hamas, namely in the Gaza … Continue reading

Palestinian elections to be held on May 4, Mahmoud Abbas hopes

The Palestinians have been divided between two governments since Hamas militants overran the Gaza Strip in 2007. Hamas controls Gaza, while Abbas’ Palestinian Authority governs in the West Bank. “I hope, God willing, that the elections will be on May 4,” Mr Abbas said during a visit to Vienna. The comments followed Mr Abbas’s reconciliation talks last … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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