Abbas says no to elections if Gazans cannot vote

PA president declares that elections must include West Bank and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

February 17, 2011 13:35
1 minute read.
Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas half smile profile 311. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that elections in September would be canceled if Hamas refused to allow voting in the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported.

"Elections should include the West Bank and Gaza," Abbas commented at a news conference. He added, "without that we cannot hold elections."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

'Palestinian elections proceed without Hamas'
Palestinians to go back to election polls, Hamas permitting

The Palestinian Authority president's proclamation came after an Abbas aide told reporters Thursday that elections would be carried out regardless of Hamas's decision to participate, implying that elections would be carried out in the West Bank even if Hamas kept Gazans from casting their votes.

The Palestinian Authority said last week it planned to hold municipal elections this summer and on Saturday announced that it would also conduct voting for president and parliament by September.  Hamas immediately said it would refuse to participate, a stance experts said precludes the prospect of elections for now.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas' term officially expired in January 2009, a fact Hamas uses to deny his constitutional authority to call elections. Parliamentary elections were set to take place in January 2010, but were postponed after Hamas made clear that it would thwart them in the Gaza Strip, which has been under its political and military domination since June 2007.

Hamas has said that elections can only be held under "national accord,” under which the two sides agree to share control of Palestinian-ruled areas. It asserted that the timing of the announcement was a transparent attempt by the PA to cover its shame following the revelation of secret negotiation documents in which it "traded Jerusalem and the holy sites, sold the nation and conspired against the warriors."

Related Content

July 19, 2018
Pro-Assad villages evacuated in deal with Syrian rebels