Palestinian Supreme Court determines to exclude Gaza from local elections

The Palestinian Authority’s Supreme Court in Ramallah determined that the local elections will be conducted in the West Bank and not in Gaza. Hamas rejected the decision.
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The Palestinian Authority's Supreme Court in Ramallah ruled today (Monday) that the Palestinian local elections will only be conducted in the West Bank and not also in the Gaza Strip as originally planned.

According to the PA’s Supreme Court, the courts in Gaza are under the control of Hamas and illegal and, therefore, an election process cannot take place there in a proper manner. Before this decision, two courts in Gaza ruled to cancel Fatah’s participation in the local elections in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas was outraged by the decision. “We reject the decision of the court that is dividing the Palestinian nation,” said a Hamas spokesperson. “We will consult with the other factions in order to determine how to carry on.” The elections were supposed to take place tomorrow but a few weeks ago, the PA’s Supreme Court ruled to postpone the elections until the legal hearings regarding the matter are completed, as JOL reported last month.

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