Palestinian court suspends local elections in Gaza, West Bank

Palestinian court orders the suspension of local elections

Palestinian court has ordered the suspension of elections

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Palestinian court has ordered the suspension of elections scheduled for October 8th in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to the AFP news agency.

The decision, made by a court in the West Bank city of Ramallah, comes after disputes between rivalsmovements Hamas and Fatah over candidate lists.

The two have not competed against each other since the 2006 parliamentary polls where Hamas won.

The last Palestinian municipal elections in 2012 were boycotted by Hamas, who run the Gaza Strip while Fatah runs the government of the West Bank. However this year Hamas had planned to take part.

There has been no Palestinian election since 2005, but this year's election was slatged after opinion polls suggested the public wanted current leader Mahmud Abbas to step down.