Mon, 17 May 2021

RAMALLAH, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Palestine is considering postponement of the legislative elections scheduled on May 22 in the Palestinian territories, according to a senior official on Tuesday.

Nabil Shaath, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said in a press statement that there is a possibility of postponing the Palestinian legislative elections due on May 22 if Israel doesn't allow holding the elections in East Jerusalem.

On Monday, Palestinian officials said that Palestine is still waiting for an Israeli official response on whether to allow the Palestinians in East Jerusalem to participate in the legislative elections.

Ahmed Majdalani, member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah that Palestine estimates that Israel won't respond to the Palestinian request.

"Ignoring the official Palestinian request to allow holding the elections in East Jerusalem is a clear response that the Israeli government doesn't want to allow the elections in East Jerusalem," Majdalani said.

He told Xinhua that President Abbas will chair a meeting for the Palestinian factions on April 26 and 27 to discuss the issue of Palestinian elections in East Jerusalem.

In January, Abbas announced the 2021 general elections will include the legislative elections on May 22, the presidential elections on July 31, and the elections of the Palestinian National Council, the highest decision-making body of the Palestine Liberation Organization, on Aug. 31.

The Palestinians insist on holding the legislative elections in East Jerusalem, saying that Israel allowed it in the last legislative elections held in 2006.

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