Leaders from 14 Palestinian factions arrive in Cairo to advance national elections

Senior Palestinian officials from 14 factions arrive in Cairo for negotiations to determine the regulations for the scheduled Palestinian elections.

“We are at a turning point in the Palestinian struggle,” pledges Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayya to Hamas-linked Safa News.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree in mid-January ordering three successive rounds of Palestinian national elections, the first in nearly 15 years. The first round of elections — for the currently defunct Palestinian legislature — is set to be held on May 22.

Observers are skeptical that elections will happen, as several previous election announcements have fallen through.

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