Mahmoud Abbas: The elections in the Palestinian territories will be postponed

Parliamentary elections scheduled for May in the Palestinian Territories have been postponed. Voting can only take place if it is confirmed that voters are in iPhones Israel Eastern annexationJerusalem “They may exercise their democratic rights,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday night after the Palestine Liberation Organization deliberations.Palestine’s libiration organisation).

For now, hopes of holding the first elections in 15 years in the Palestinian territories are dashed. The Palestinians occupied Israel West Bank, I am Gaza strip In East Jerusalem, the first parliamentary elections since 2006 were called on May 22. Presidential elections are also planned for July in the Palestinian Territories.

But Abbas said on Friday that the elections could not be held because Israel had offered no guarantees that voters would vote in East Jerusalem. Israel insists that Jerusalem be its indivisible capital. However, the Palestinians also claim the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Hundreds are demonstrating in Ramallah

Abbas declared elections in mid-January. It should lead to a “reconciliation” between his Fatah movement and the radical Islamist movement Hamas Who rules the Gaza Strip. Hamas criticized the postponement of the elections, describing it as a “coup against our agreement.” The Palestinian president must bear “full responsibility for this decision and its consequences.”

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Ramallah to protest the postponement of the elections. “There is an entire generation of young people who do not know what voting means,” one demonstrator told AFP. “This generation is right to choose its leaders.”

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Protests also erupted in Jerusalem. The demonstrators engaged in violent clashes with the police. Officers used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.


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