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Palestinian Court Orders Local Elections Only in West Bank

RAMALLAH  (AFP) – The Palestinian high court on Monday ordered municipal elections to be held only in the West Bank and not in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, though a new date for the suspended polls was not set.

The ruling could bring to an end hopes that the municipal elections would be the first since 2006 in which both Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah, which runs the West Bank, would participate.

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