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Abbas adviser says Palestinian elections ‘very likely’ to be postponed

Nabil Shaath speaks to reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 1, 2011. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Nabil Shaath speaks to reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 1, 2011. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, says in a statement that the Palestinian national elections scheduled for next month are “very likely” to be postponed in light of Israel’s refusal to allow the vote to go forward in East Jerusalem.

Shaath says that if Israel continues to ignore the PA’s request to hold the elections in East Jerusalem, “the electoral process will be postponed.”

He adds that PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has been sent to Europe to push for international pressure on Israel on the matter.

The Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, while Israel considers the entire city its undivided capital and bars any PA activity from taking place in the city.

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