The administration of US President-elect Joe Biden has asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to renew legitimacy and hold general elections, Israel’s Channel 20 reported.
Abbas was elected for a four-year tenure which expired in 2009. Since then, the #Palestinians have not been able to hold another presidential #election owing to the dispute between Abbas’s Fatah faction and #Hamas.— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) January 9, 2021
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The station quoted a senior official in the Fatah movement as saying that the Palestinian leadership recently received a letter from the incoming American administration calling on it to hold “new elections to renew the legitimacy in the Palestinian Authority and reduce Abbas’ control over security and judicial institutions”.
#WASHINGTON We learn that #US President-elect #JoeBiden’s transition team have told the #Palestinian Authority it must conduct presidential & legislative elections if it wants a resumption of ties with & aid from the US. Last Palestinian presidential election was in January 2005 pic.twitter.com/tLRUN2xBfX— Children of Peace (@ChildrenofPeace) January 10, 2021
It added that Biden’s team has expressed its desire to inject new blood into the Palestinian Authority’s institutions, even if this comes at the expense of dismissing corrupt officials. The station said the new administration believes these steps will pave the way towards joint cooperation between the new American government and the Palestinian Authority.
Report: Biden’s teams asks PA’s Abbas to hold elections .— Timor O’Seery ( Saoroadh ) (@seery_o) January 13, 2021
More optimism for the Palestinians by the Biden administration. ?#FreePalestine ??????– Middle East Monitor | via @MiddleEastMnt https://t.co/H4rgM4n4Xs https://t.co/H4rgM4n4Xs
According to the Palestinian official, a Palestinian businessman living in Washington serves as the link between the administration and the PA.
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