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Suspended local elections in Gaza and West Bank

The Palestinian High Judicial Council announced Thursday the temporary suspension of the Gaza and West Bank local elections.

The elections, which were to be held Oct. 8, were appealed by lawyer Nael al-Hul, who a few weeks ago demanded they be canceled as they did not include East Jerusalem, an occupied Palestinian territory annexed by Israel in 1967.

“The Council has ordered the elections to not go ahead on the date planned until it has made a final decision on the matter,” said al-Hul in a press conference.

He argued that the elections excluded 250,000 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem and that the judicial system in the Gaza Strip, currently controlled by Hamas, was “unstable” and “unequal” with respect to the rest of the Palestinian Territories.

The elections were postponed until further notice, and the next discussion on whether or not they will happen is to occur on Dec. 21, said a statement by the Council.
These elections were to be the first ones held simultaneously in both Gaza and the West Bank since 2007.
Ramallah, 2016, September 8, EFE/PracticaEspañol

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