Palestinian elections

Palestinians Take Tentative Step Toward Local Elections

Palestinian political parties began registering candidates for municipal elections on Wednesday, the first step in years toward a democratic vote but one that threatens to re-inflame tensions between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements.

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 …