Local elections postponed four months

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Today, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah announced the postponement of the upcoming local elections.

“The Palestinian Cabinet, in consultation with President Mahmoud Abbas, decided to postpone the local elections for four months. The elections will be held on the same day in all governorates, taking in consideration all legal procedures,” Hamdallah said.

On Monday, the Palestinian Central Elections Commission on Monday urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to delay the local elections by at least six months, after the supreme court in Ramallah decided to hold elections in the West Bank and call them off in Gaza.

The commission said a delay would be in the Palestinian interest in light of the “biased” and divisive ruling. The court rule could bring to an end hopes to heal the national rift, the commission added.

The court order was slammed by different Palestinian fractions, including Hamas, PFLP and PNI,  saying it worsened the division between Palestinians and was based on political and not judicial reasons.