EU touts commitment to helping ensure ‘transparent’ Palestinian elections

The European Union will provide “all that is necessary” to hold “transparent Palestinian elections,” an EU spokesperson says in a statement.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued an election decree last week ordering the first Palestinian elections in 14 years. Analysts remain skeptical they will take place, however, as such attempts have flopped in the past.

Nonetheless, EU representatives met today with Palestinian Central Elections Committee chief Hana Naser to discuss plans for the elections.

“During the discussion, there was discussion around what the EU could provide in the coming period, especially in terms of international observers,” says Shadi Othman, a spokesperson for the EU’s mission to the Palestinians.

PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh had asked the European Union yesterday to provide international observers to monitor Palestinian voting in East Jerusalem.

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