Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas to discuss elections

The key Palestinian factions – Fatah, which controls the West Bank, and Gaza’s Hamas Islamists – plan to meet in Cairo this week to tackle issues that could threaten long-awaited Palestinian elections. Technical, legal and security issues must be resolved first, observers say, to ensure the first Palestinian votes in 15 years are not derailed by acrimony between the former enemies. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas last month announced the dates for the first polls since 2006, setting a legislative vote for May 22 and a presidential election on July 31. They come in a year when veteran Israe…

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