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Palestinian Authority Will Hold Legislative, Presidential Elections

The Palestinian Authority on Friday announced it will hold its first national elections in more than a decade, in the latest of many attempts to end years of infighting between President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and his Islamist rival Hamas.

Palestinians' last parliamentary ballot in 2006 resulted in a surprise win by Hamas, widening an internal political rift that led to the group's seizure of the Gaza Strip in 2007 and contributed to a long delay in setting further elections.

The PA, which has limited self-rule in the West Bank, will hold legislative elections on May 22 and a presidential vote on June 31, a decree from Abbas's office said. (JPost / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you raise leaders who will work peacefully and in good faith with the people of Israel.”