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Turkish TV reports Abbas planning to postpone elections; spokesman insists they’ll happen on schedule

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 18, 2020. (Flash90)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 18, 2020. (Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas intends to postpone the first Palestinian legislative elections in 15 years, according to the Turkey-based El-Sharq TV station.

According to El-Sharq, Abbas will call a meeting of the leaders of all Palestinian factions to end the election push. Abbas will lay the blame at Israel’s feet for not allowing Palestinians to conduct elections in East Jerusalem, El-Sharq reports, citing anonymous sources.

Senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Ahmad Majdalani tells Voice of Palestine Radio that the Palestinian leadership will host an “expanded meeting” to determine how to move forward on the elections, given that Israel has not responded to a Palestinian request to hold the vote in Jerusalem.

Abbas’s office has sought to dispel reports that the Palestinians will delay the legislative vote.

“The elections will happen on schedule,” longtime Abbas spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh says today.

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