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Prospects for May Palestinian Elections


Israel will try to subvert and disrupt them.

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by Stephen Lendman

Last December, Fatah and Hamas agreed on forming a unity government and holding May presidential, parliamentary, and Palestinian National Council (PLC) elections. 

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Once concluded, elected officials will join the PLO as sole legitimate Palestinian representative. Agreement was reached on raising PLC members from 132 to 150, approving a new PNC, and parliament in exile with 350 members.

They'll include 150 from Palestine, and another 200 diaspora ones to be elected in countries where they reside or be agreed on in nations not allowing elections.

Discussions continue to resolve differences. Sticky ones remain. Popular Struggle Front (PPSF) member Ahmad Majdalani said:

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"Hamas says a trend within the movement is reluctant about Abbas heading the new government for constitutional rather than political reasons."

It's a major obstacle, he added saying:

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