Palestinian group objects to vote delay

June 4, 2005 at 11:17 AM
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GAZA, June 4 (UPI) -- The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Saturday objected to Mahmoud Abbas' decision to indefinitely delay the legislative elections.

Popular Front member Kayed al-Ghoul told United Press International the delay was "very negative and contradicts the national Palestinian consensus."

He said postponing the elections, which were due on July 17, was prompted by "stalling" by the majority of the Palestinian Legislative Council for different reasons. He said that gave Abbas a justification to delay the voting.

Al-Ghoul called for an emergency session of the council to issue an amended elections law in accordance with agreements reached among the factions and to set a new date for the polls "to protect the internal front."

Earlier in the day, Abbas decided to postpone the elections "until completing the necessary legal procedures and national consultations."

Hamas blasted the delay as a "violation of national consensus and all the Palestinian agreements reached," and accused the Palestinian Authority of submitting to American and Israeli demands to postpone the elections.

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