Abbas's rigged court system has already undermined Palestinian elections

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s January announcement that elections will be held later this year has raised significant questions about his intentions. These are the first elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in 15 years. It is also the first time since Abbas was elected in 2005 that there will be a contested election for the presidency. While this may seem like a positive step for democracy and for good governance, Abbas has demonstrated little commitment to either since becoming president of the PA. Instead, he has worked to strengthened his extra-judi…

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