First published by the Middle East Eye on 27/1/2021
By holdingparliamentary elections first,the Palestinian leadership aims to protect the PA and the Oslo paradigm.
Following months of negotiations and meetings between the two main Palestinianfactions, Fatah and Hamas,sequential electionswill be held for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on 22 May, to be followed by a presidential election on 31 July and elections to the PalestinianNational Council (PNC) on 31 August.
Hamas had, up to the point of the Haniyeh’s letter, insisted that the three elections be held simultaneously. The change of position by Hamas was explained by itsspokesman, Hazem Qasem, who said…
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