Palestinian Authority to hold election: official

RAMALLAH, West Bank Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:33am EST

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority will hold presidential and legislative elections before September, a senior Palestinian official said on Saturday.

"The Palestinian leadership decided to hold presidential and legislative elections before September," senior Abbas aide Yasser Abed Rabbo told reporters. "It urges all the sides to put their differences aside," he said, referring to a bitter rivalry between Abbas's West Bank-based government and Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip.

It was not clear whether Hamas would take part in any ballot.

(Reporting by Mohammed Assadi, Editing by Tim Pearce)

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Uncklebud wrote:
Vote for Freedom, Vote for peace, vote for a real future for your children.
Reject all who want your children to use as bombs! Reject all who want to live in the past! Reject a future that ends in death!
Egyptians have shown us the way to a peaceful revolution.
Now is the time for you to shake off the doctrines of death.
Its time for peace with Isreal, and peace with yourseleves.

Feb 12, 2011 11:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
kilkeal wrote:
If I remember rightly, in the last election, the winners were disowned by everybody. Will this proposed election be democratic? Can anyone be nominated as a candidate?

Feb 12, 2011 11:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
Brazilian1 wrote:
I hope Hammas dos not win again. That would be nice. But since they are such a populist government, I don’t think this will happen.

Feb 15, 2011 3:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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