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Local election held to plug Palestinian democracy gap

RAMALLAH, West Bank--Palestinians voted in local elections in the Israel-occupied West Bank on Saturday, their first vote for six years and one with little choice, out of step with democratic revolutions elsewhere in the Arab world.

The results were expected to largely reaffirm the Western-backed, mainly secular Fatah party, which runs a de facto government in the slivers of land not policed by Israel, in the face of a boycott by its Islamist archrival, Hamas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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