No one is buying this move by Abbas as a continuation of the democratic experiment, that’s meant to enrich and to engage the average Arab in the P.A., this is to stave off any wave of discontent that might overflow from Egypt. Besides, the Hamas refuses to recognize Abbas, and any other elections, they’ve already had one, and they won, as well as throwing Abbaas out of Gaza and Fattah members from very tall buildings, that’s enough for them for awhile. KGS
NOTE: Saeb Erekat is the first victim of the “slicked up” PaliLeaks brouhaha.
Suddenly, a Call for Palestinian Elections
By ETHAN BRONNER
Published: February 12, 2011
TheNewYorkSlimes: JERUSALEM — The Palestinian leadership announced Saturday that it planned to hold presidential and parliamentary elections by September, apparently a response to the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt calling for greater democracy and government accountability.
The decision was announced in the West Bank city of Ramallah after a meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which oversees the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, is also the chairman of the P.L.O.
At the same meeting, Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian peace negotiator with Israel, submitted his resignation and Mr. Abbas accepted it. A subcommittee was formed to look for a successor as well as to consider restructuring the negotiations unit.
The Islamist Hamas faction rejected the plan for national elections, saying Mr. Abbas had no legitimacy to call for them since he was serving beyond his term.
The Palestinians have not held elections since 2006, when Hamas won a majority in the parliament, leading to a year and a half of uneasy power sharing and a brief civil war in June 2007. Since then, Hamas has governed Gaza and the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority has controlled the West Bank.