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Ramallah court calls for Palestine polls in W. Bank only

Same court recently suspended Palestinian polls that had been set for October

Ramallah court calls for Palestine polls in W. Bank only


By Ali Abo Rezeg

RAMALLAH, Palestine 

The Ramallah High Court on Monday issued a decision to conduct Palestinian municipal polls in the Israeli-occupied West Bank only and not the Gaza Strip, a local official in Gaza City told Anadolu Agency.

According to the official, who spoke anonymously due to restrictions on speaking to media, the court did not provide a date for the elections.

Last month, the same court suspended municipal elections that had been slated for October -- polls which, if conducted, would have seen Palestine’s two main political movements, Hamas and Fatah, directly compete for the first time in a decade.

The court ostensibly postponed the vote in order to look into complaints that the planned election would not cover Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem along with allegations that courts in the Gaza Strip -- governed by Hamas since 2007 -- "lacked legitimacy".

In the past, the Israeli authorities have consistently prevented Palestinian voting in municipal polls in East Jerusalem, which the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority views as the Palestinian capital.

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