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Explainer: Road to Palestinian vote full of obstacles

Added 01-16-21 12:35:02pm EST - “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later this year. But the road to the vote - key to advancing Palestinian statehood and mending a rift…” - Washingtontimes.com

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later this year. But the road to the vote - key to advancing Palestinian statehood and mending a rift between Abbas‘ Fatah party and the Islamic militant group Hamas - is littered with obstacles.

Parliamentary elections are to be held on May 22, followed by a presidential vote on July 31. The rival factions will meet in Egypt later this month, hoping to work out logistics and settle their differences before election campaigns kick off.

With the aging Abbas at the helm in the West Bank, and Hamas‘ rule entrenched in the Gaza Strip, there are many outstanding questions. Here’s a look at the complications surrounding a Palestinian election:

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