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Palestinian Elections 2011

The Presidential and legislative elections in Palestine will be held by September 2011. However, Hamas is unlikely to join in the elections.

Palestinian in 2011

  • February 4, 2011: Palestinian Minister of Local Government Khaled Qawasma announcements that local elections would likely be held in May 2011. However, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip is refusing to take part in the elections unless a Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement is reached. Hamas officials said they do not trust the PA and Fatah to hold fair elections.
  • February 8, 2011: A section of media reports of an unknown source who said that the Palestine cabinet will meet on Tuesday to decide on the date of election, which is likely to be July 2011. The polls would be limited to West Bank following the refusal of the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers to take part.
  • February 8, 2011: Palestinian Authority confirms the local elections will be held on July 9, 2011.
  • February 10, 2011: Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights, Hurryyat welcomes the Palestinian government's decision to hold local elections on July 9.
  • February 13, 2011: Palestinian Authority dismisses cabinet paving way for the elections. Officials say the president and parliament elections would be held despite the refusal of Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, to take part. Official report says Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and his 16-member cabinet will resign on February 14, 2011.
  • February 14, 2011: Palestinian cabinet resigns. New cabinet formation would take place soon.
  • May 17, 2011: Palestine postpones local elections originally scheduled to be held in July to October in order to facilitate polling in the Gaza Strip.