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Rockntractor
06-05-2010, 11:24 PM
New elections should have been held Jan. 24, according to the Palestinian Constitution. But Hamas, which trails its rival, Fatah, in polls, may benefit from delay.Gaza City, Gaza

Four years after Hamas won an upset victory in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, prompting swift international sanctions and a Western-led diplomatic boycott, the mandate for the parliament it dominated officially expired on Monday.



According to the Palestinian Constitution, new parliamentary elections should have been held Sunday, Jan. 24, in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

But continued political division between the West Bank, governed by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA), and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, has delayed the elections indefinitely.

Hamas denounced allegations from the West Bank that its government is now no longer legitimate. But with both sides now trading accusations over the legality of the other’s rule, the recent impasse could mean an even more fractured and debilitated political landscape in the Palestinian territories, analysts say.

“It seems to me, with the rhetoric of the past few days, that we are approaching a period of even more division and more internal political problems,” says Gaza-based political analyst, Mukhaimar Abusaada. “The most important thing right now is that Hamas is in control, and it has the recognition of several European nations. They feel now that they can do whatever they want.”
Hamas support slipping

While Hamas is firmly in control of the Gaza Strip, its popularity here has waned as residents become increasingly desperate under a tight Israeli blockade. While the United States, the European Union, and Israel consider Hamas a terrorist organization, the Islamist movement had cultivated broad public support with its popular social programs ahead of the last elections. Anger at corruption within Fatah also fueled their victory.

Mo>http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2010/0126/Palestinian-parliament-expires-four-years-after-Hamas-electoral-upset

What is going on here Wei Wei? Democracy was okay when they were elected but now they don't need it anymore. The election is four months overdue! illegal people with an illegal government.

Sonnabend
06-05-2010, 11:30 PM
"Palestinian Constitution"....two words and one fable.

Rockntractor
06-05-2010, 11:34 PM
A band of criminals who have been given credibility. They should be removed from Israel and sent back to Jordan where they came from in the first place. Most of them are the losers of the civil war in Jordan and became refuges that were forced on Israel!

Sonnabend
06-05-2010, 11:44 PM
Jordan doesnt want them. Nor does Syria, or Egypt, or Saudi Arabia. Lebanon has no use for them, the other UAE states treat them like pariahs and wont welcome them...they're trouble no one wants.

Rockntractor
06-05-2010, 11:48 PM
Jordan doesnt want them. Nor does Syria, or Egypt, or Saudi Arabia. Lebanon has no use for them, the other UAE states treat them like pariahs and wont welcome them...they're trouble no one wants.
Israel actualy welcomed them and gave them a place to live if they would live in peace, but they are animals that refuse to be civilized and answered Israels kindness with suicide bombers and rockets.

Bleda
06-06-2010, 10:32 AM
So much for the successful democracy that, as an uninformed Leftist I know once put it, "was established without your yankee friends."