Why a cancelled Palestinian election is bad news for all, not just those in Gaza and West Bank

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t is hard to overstate the significance of the moment when Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas announced there would finally be legislative and presidential Palestinian elections, the first in 15 years.

It was a chance for Palestinians to finally have a say about their stale and out of touch leadership: Abbas himself won a four year term in 2005 and has extended that for 12 additional years.

There was feverish speculation any vote could even see a solid rapprochement  between the occupied West Bank, where Abbas’s western-backed Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule and Gaza,  ruled by Hamas militant group.

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