Friday, February 18, 2011

Those Pal. Elections Are Off Again

Oops, sorry about those hopes for democracy as we learn:

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, cast doubt on Thursday about the chances of holding presidential and parliamentary elections this year, despite an announcement over the weekend that they would be held by September.

...plans for elections, long overdue in the Palestinian territories, came after the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt and appeared to be a pre-emptive move to stave off calls for more democracy and government accountability.

But the idea was immediately rejected by Hamas...and Mr. Abbas [said] it would be “unacceptable to hold elections in the West Bank without Gaza. Without this, we cannot hold them,”...

Will we see a popular revolt in the streets of the Palestinian Authority?


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