Initial results for Saturday's local elections in the West
Bank showed that the ruling Fatah faction won many municipalities and local
councils, but it was not a landslide victory as its leaders had
Still, Fatah officials described the results as a "huge
victory," saying it showed their faction continues to enjoy the backing of a
majority of Palestinians.
The officials also said that they consider the
election results as a vote of confidence for Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas and his policies.
Hamas, Fatah's main rival, boycotted the
elections and banned the PA from holding the vote in the Gaza