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PA Elections Again 'Postponed'

The Palestinian Authority has again put off its long-delayed elections, most recently scheduled for July.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/18/2011, 7:26 PM / Last Update: 5/18/2011, 9:42 AM

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The Palestinian Authority has put off its elections, scheduled for July. The elections, repeatedly delayed and rescheduled by Fatah over the past several years, will allegedly be held in October.

According to a statement from the PA government released Tuesday, local elections were put off in order to organize the polls in Gaza.

The region has been held in the iron grip of Hamas terrorists since June 2007, when the group won a bloody civil war against its rival faction, Fatah.

Fatah, which was ejected from Gaza following the clashes, continues to administer PA-controlled territories in Judea and Samaria from Ramallah.

The two factions signed a reconciliation agreement two weeks ago and now plan to re-form a PA unity government similar to that which existed following the 2006 elections.

No elections have been held in any of the PA territories since that time, when Hamas won the January 2006 poll in a landslide victory.  Within hours the two factions were fighting, however, and by June the war was over.

This month's unity agreement calls for local and region-wide elections to determine who will lead the Palestinian Authority at the top.