Palestinian elections 2021: Reconciling competing motives

On January 15, 2021, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (PA) issued a decree calling for legislative, presidential, and National Council elections before the end of the year. This move raised skepticism both at home and abroad about his motive, capacity, and competence to implement his own executive order, particularly since no presidential elections have been held in Palestine since Abbas was last elected on January 9, 2005. Nonetheless, the presidential directive specified that parliamentary elections for a new Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) would be scheduled for Ma…

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