RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – The Palestinian cabinet decided on Tuesday to hold local elections on July 9, in what will be the first Palestinian vote since 2006, a source close to the government said.
“The Palestinian cabinet has decided that July 9 will be the date for local elections,” he told AFP, saying a formal statement would be issued shortly.
Local polls were originally set for July 17, 2010 but postponed after the Islamic Hamas movement, which rules Gaza, said it would not participate.
The last time the Palestinians went to the polls was in 2006 for legislative elections, which Hamas won by a landslide.
Local elections were last held in 2005.