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Election vetting panel says Balad can’t run in upcoming vote

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

The Central Elections Committee votes to block Balad’s run in November’s election, after the committee accepted a petition that sought to disqualify the Palestinian nationalist political party.

With nine committee members voting in favor and five against, Balad is currently knocked out of the race. However, the party is expected to appeal the decision to the High Court of Justice, just as it has with past disqualifications by the Committee.

“I really don’t know why we’re here again, with Balad and several claims that were already heard in the Supreme Court,” party chief Sami Abou Shehadah told the Central Elections Committee before the vote.

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