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Mahmoud Abbas delays Palestinian elections, blames Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas introduced late Thursday that elections would solely be held when Israel permits voting in annexed east Jerusalem.

The 2 long-standing political rivals, Fatah and Hamas, had reached an settlement to carry legislative elections on Might 22 and a presidential vote on July 31.

Initially scheduled for Might 22, the Palestinian election would have been the primary in additional than 15 years.

“The elections have to be held in all of the Palestinian territories, together with Jerusalem,” Abbas stated after assembly with representatives of a number of Palestinian teams in Ramallah within the West Financial institution.

“Jerusalem won’t be compromised, and our individuals in Jerusalem won’t surrender their proper to train their democratic rights.”

What’s the Israeli stance?

Earlier this week, Israel’s Overseas Ministry stated that elections had been “an inner Palestinian concern” that Tel Aviv had “no intention of intervening in them nor stopping.”

Abbas informed Palestinian political teams that Israeli officers stated they might not reply on the Jerusalem concern as a result of the Jewish state at present had no authorities.

Israel is already mired in one in every of its worst political crises in historical past, with no authorities but fashioned following the inconclusive March elections.

The choice got here amid escalating tensions in Jerusalem, with protests that left dozens injured after clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police.

The town has lengthy been a flashpoint within the Israeli-Palestinian battle.

How is the delay perceived?

Hamas, the Islamist motion ruling Gaza, rejected Abbas’ resolution, describing it as a “coup” with no widespread help.

On Wednesday, Hamas stated it “rejects any try to postpone the elections.” However it additionally stated it was unacceptable to carry the vote with out east Jerusalem.

Protesters gathered in Ramallah forward of Abbas’ announcement, demanding that the vote be held as scheduled, Reuters reported.

The choice is probably going to attract heavy home criticism. Observers say delaying the elections will doubtless spare Abbas’ get together an embarrassing defeat amid public dissatisfaction along with his rule.

Critics have known as for a transfer across the Jerusalem concern, suggesting organising poll bins in faculties or spiritual websites.

The vote was believed to be a serious step in the direction of reconciliation between rivaling Fatah and Hamas.

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