PA split seems close

Posted: April 26, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, Palestinians, West Bank

Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad (courtesy: The Independent) The dreams of unified state of Palestine seem as far as ever today, as Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad announced West Bank elections this July. Hamas is obviously displeased, but Fatah refuses to move the July 17 date:

"The cabinet decided to continue with all necessary preparations for carrying out the polls for local councils in the West Bank on July 17," it said in a statement after a meeting in the city of Ramallah.

Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party in 2007. The two parties have been in a state of open hostility since.

(Haaretz)

IT IS YET to be seen what kind of news are those for the ruling Fatah party. On one hand, Hamas has certain degree of control in the West Bank, although Mahmoud Abbas’ party still holds strong. It is likely that Fayyad hastily declared elections, amid reports Hamas gain power among under Ramallah’s umbrella. In order to circumvent Hamas’ attempts to gain real strength in Palestinian political ranks, Fayyad announced the elections, thus making sure his party rules for few more years.

The situation is much worse for the Gazans, however, who will be left under Hamas control for another unspecified term.

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