Fatah beats Hamas in student elections for 2nd time this month

Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority, takes 19 seats in elections at the Polytechnic University in Hebron, while Hamas’s Islamic Block party takes 11 seats, and left-wing groups take just one seat.

Last year at Polytechnic, Fatah won 18 seats, while Hamas took 12.

Earlier in April, Fatah won the student elections at An-Najah University in Nablus, the biggest Palestinian university in the West Bank.

Student elections are seen by analysts as a barometer of the Palestinian public in the absence of any elections that included Hamas since 2006.

— Dov Lieber

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