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PA Requests International Support to Hold Elections In Jerusalem

PA Requests International Support to Hold Elections In Jerusalem

Thursday, 10 October, 2019 - 06:30
President Mahmoud Abbas Chairing Fatah Central Committee’s meeting (AFP)

The Palestinian Authority (PA) requested international support for legislative elections in the Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.

In talks with various countries, the PA focused on the need to pressure Israel not to disrupt elections in East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it has asked its embassies abroad to contact ministries of foreign affairs, decision-making centers, public opinion, and civil society institutions in their host countries, to explain the dimensions and importance of calling for general elections.

The ministry said that it called on international bodies to support the Palestinian elections and hold the Israeli government responsible for any attempt to disrupt or obstruct the elections, especially in East Jerusalem.

The statement emphasized that President Mahmoud Abbas’ announcement of the general elections from the UN platform last month “reflects the adherence to the natural right of the sovereign Palestinian people and the authority to elect their representatives.”

Abbas, in his speech at the UN General Assembly last month, had reaffirmed that he would call for general elections to be held in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem.

But the PA faces potential complications in Gaza, with Hamas requiring elections to include the Palestinian National Council, and in Jerusalem where Israel is believed to prevent elections as a sovereign activity.

Hamas had agreed to hold the elections but conditioned it with the reconciliation and the inclusion of the National Council in the elections.

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