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Palestinians delay revote after Hamas threatens boycott

Palestinian officials yesterday delayed partial re-elections in the Gaza Strip to stave off a new crisis between Hamas and Fatah, sparked when the Islamist group threatened to boycott the polls. Officials were forced to intervene when Hamas refused to contest the new vote in three Gaza Strip municipalities and one West Bank village, ordered after the main ruling Fatah party demanded a recount of May 5 local elections. “We have decided to delay the elections until further notice in keeping with a request to avoid all problems on the Palestinian street,” said Jamal Shobaki, chairman of the local elections committee.Full Story

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