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PA Cabinet: Setting new date for local elections

Dec. 21, 2010 7:22 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 22, 2010 7:08 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The appointed government cabinet said Monday that it intended to enforce last week's Supreme Court decision which called the decision to postpone municipal elections illegal, and mandated that new elections be held immediately.

"In accordance with the law," a statement following the regular Tuesday cabinet meeting said, ministers "discussed the required procedures for setting a new date to hold the elections," and appointed the Minister of Local Government "to provide an integrated visualization to the Cabinet in this regard."

The municipal elections, initially scheduled for June, were postponed one month earlier in what dissidents said was a move by ruling party Fatah made out of fear that its lists would not win out over the growing power of leftist coalitions. Government officials at the time said the decision was made as a unity effort, since Gaza officials had decided months earlier that they would not participate in the vote, citing a lack of confidence in the West Bank-run elections committee.
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