Palestinian Court Orders Local Elections Only in West Bank

Palestinian poll officials tally the votes at a polling station in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 20, 2012. Polling stations were closed in the West Bank after 12 hours of voting in the first Palestinian election since 2006, with voters casting their ballots in a municipal poll …
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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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