Palestinian president calls first general election in 15 years

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree on holding general elections. The elections will be held for the first time in 15 years. WAFA reported this on Friday, January 15.

“According to the decree, the legislative assembly elections will be held on May 22, 2021, and the presidential elections will be held on July 31, 2021,” the report said.

Palestine’s legislative assembly elections will result in a 120-seat parliament. Voting will take place both in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Members of the legislative assembly will also become members of the Palestinian National Council, which is due to be formed on August 31, 2021. The PLO elections for the National Council will be held in those countries where Palestinian communities live.

Abbas came to the decision to hold democratic elections “wherever possible” after a meeting with Central Election Commission head Hannah Nasir. The president instructed the CEC to start election campaigns in all of the country’s provinces, including the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The last elections in Palestine were held in 2006. Hamas won them. The current president of the country was elected in 2005.

In November 2017, representatives of Palestinian movements at a meeting in Cairo announced that presidential and parliamentary elections would be held before the end of 2018. In late 2018, Palestine announced the imminent dissolution of the parliament.

In late January 2019, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of the government and instructed it to serve until a new cabinet was formed.