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Abbas to Change PA Law in Bid to Give Edge to Fatah

Fatah Chief and PA President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he would adjust PA laws in order to prevent Hamas from winning the next election.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 7/27/2007, 10:52 AM

Fatah Chief and PA President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he would adjust PA electoral law in order to try to prevent Hamas from winning the next election.

Hamas trounced Abbas’s Fatah group in the most recent elections, despite pollster’s predictions of a Fatah victory and assistance offered Fatah by Israel and the US.

Abbas refused to say whether elections would take place this year – a promise he made in the past. The Fatah chief said elections would be held in both Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza – something that will prove difficult as Hamas, which controls Gaza, objects to early elections.

Abbas said that the changes to the elections law would outlaw constituency seats in parliament. Half of the seats were allocated based on local constituencies and Hamas doubled Fatah’s numbers in that regard.

"I will use Article 43 of the Basic Law, which gives me the power to make those changes, to change the electoral law to a single national list instead of having two lists, one national and one by constituencies," Abbas said ahead of a meeting with the PA Elections Commission Friday.