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Palestinian Local Elections, 2016...or not

BrendanD19
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10/7/2016 2:41:46 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
Local elections were planned in all provinces of Palestine to take place tomorrow. It would have been the first time in 10 years elections would have been held in all of Palestine, after the split between Fatah and Hamas in 2006.
The high court, however, has postponed the elections, causing yet another rift between the Palestinian Authority (controlled by Fatah) and the opposition parties. They are now set to take place within the next four months unless the court interferes yet again.
Hamas and other opposition parties are accusing Fatah of postpoing the election so they can hold onto power longer, given the unpopularity of the PA.
Are they right?
Who would you vote for in the election?
Will it ever take place?
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BrendanD19
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10/7/2016 3:02:05 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
As a little background, these are the factions or lists of candidates which were planning to take part in the election prior to it being postponed. Each list is either a list by a specific party or represents a coalition of parties. None of them run under the name of their own party.
-The National Liberation and Construction Bloc is the election list for Fatah, the ruling party in the West Bank. They are secular and nationalist, with some left leanings. Many in Palestine perceive this party as corrupt and ineffective.
-The Change and Reform bloc is the election list for Hamas. Hamas is the notorious Islamist party which controls the Gaza strip. They are not popular with many Palestinians, although they are viewed as being less corrupt than Fatah.
-The Democratic Alliance List is an alliance between several secular, left-wing factions, including the Palestinian National Initiative (a Democratic Socialist and Anti-Corruption party), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (a Marxist and Arab Nationalist party), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (a Maoist party), the Palestinian People's Party (a socialist party), and the Palestinian Democratic Union (also a socialist party). They hope to be a democratic alternative to Fatah (which they view as corrupt) and Hamas (which they view as fundamentalist)
-The National Democratic Coalition is an alliance between four small nationalist parties, including both factions of the Baath Party.