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What the postponed Palestinian elections mean for the conflict with Israel

  The delay to elections threatens an eruption of violence among rival Palestinian factions vying for control. " data-adaptive-image-768-img="" data-adaptive-image-1024-img="" data-adaptive-image-max-img=""> Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), announced in January that Palestinians would be called to the polls on 22 May for the first elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council, the PA’s legislature, since 2006. Presidential elections were to follow in July.   Abbas is now 16 years into a four-year term, which began in 2005. Several previous attempts to hold elections had never come to pass, especially after Hamas, the Islamist group, ousted Fatah, Abbas’s party, from the Gaza Strip following a legislative election in 2006 which Hamas won.    Abbas’s decree that elections would be held had raised hopes that the PA could – finally – gain a little renewed democratic legitimacy. Some also expected that a vote would allow .. Full story on 

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