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Abbas moves quickly to sideline main rival in Palestinian elections

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Published: 19 January 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Hamas welcomes news that elections will be held this year; PA officials say Abbas’s chief rival, Mohammed Dahlan, won’t be allowed to run because he is a convicted criminal

Distrust, division and doubt cloud Palestinian election call (Reuters)
President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday that parliamentary and presidential elections would be held later this year in a bid to heal long-standing divisions. His main rival, the militant Islamist group Hamas, welcomed the move.

The announcement is widely seen as a gesture aimed at pleasing US President-elect Joe Biden, with whom the Palestinians want to reset relations after they reached a low under Donald Trump

Explainer: Road to Palestinian vote full of obstacles (ABC US)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later this year

PA: Abbas rival won’t be allowed to run in Palestinian election (Jerusalem Post)
Deposed Fatah operative Mohammed Dahlan will not be allowed to run in the upcoming Palestinian presidential election, because he is a convicted criminal, two senior Palestinian officials said on Saturday.

Palestinian elections: This time for real? (Jerusalem Post)
The power struggle between Abbas’s Fatah faction and Hamas escalated after the Islamist movement won the January 2006 parliamentary election.

Photo: Palestinian policemen guard outside the Palestinian legislative council in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank January 16 (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

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