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Palestinians delay municipal elections to October

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, May 16, 2011. Netanyahu is taking a tough ...
 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, May 16, 2011. Netanyahu is...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, May 16, 2011. Netanyahu is taking a tough ...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, May 16, 2011. Netanyahu is...

The government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to postpone municipal elections by three months until October to make sure they can be held in both the West Bank and Gaza.
Municipal elections were initially scheduled for July 9. The new date is October 22.
When the initial date was set, the Palestinians were split into two camps, with Hamas militants running Gaza and Abbas in charge in the West Bank. Since then, the two sides have pledged to reconcile, but are still working on a unity government.
Abbas' West Bank government said Tuesday it decided to put off the elections "to provide the proper atmosphere to hold the elections in the entire Palestinian territories."
The last general election was held in January 2006.


Updated : 2021-05-10 14:06 GMT+08:00