First election to be held in Palestine in 15 years

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Istiyye made a statement after the weekly cabinet meeting held in Ramallah, the occupied West Bank.

Prime Minister Istiyye called for assistance to the international community for the elections to be held in his country after 15 years.

Letter sent for the international community to be involved in the process

Explaining that the Palestinian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the European Union, the United Nations (UN), the United States and Russia, Istiyye said, “Including allowing our people in Jerusalem to participate in the elections, Israel has been asked to intervene in order to adhere to the signed agreements.”

Muhammed Istiyye also reminded that Jerusalem was included in the elections in 1996, 2005 and 2006.

Elections cannot be held in the country under Israeli occupation since 2006

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the decree on January 15, which envisions holding elections in the Palestinian territories under Israeli occupation and blockade after 15 years.

The decree stipulated that elections for parliament on 22 May, presidency on 31 July and Palestinian National Council elections on 31 August.

While the Palestinian Constitution envisages holding general elections every 4 years, general elections could not be held for years due to the fragmentation that has been going on since 2006 in the country under Israeli occupation and blockade.

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