Palestine ready to hold general elections by the end of 2018, CEC says


Published: 2017-11-23 15:21

Last Updated: 2017-11-23 15:26

The Palestinian factions were meeting in Cairo for two days.
The Palestinian factions were meeting in Cairo for two days.
Roya News Source

The Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) announced on Thursday it is ready to hold general elections at anytime.

The CEC’s statement came in response to the Palestinian factions call on Wednesday to hold presidential and legislative elections in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem by the end of 2018.

Palestinian factions held a meeting in Cairo on Tuesday and Wednesday, where they called for an accurate implementation of the Egyptian-brokered Palestinian national reconciliation deal reached by Fatah and Hamas movements on October 12, WAFA reported.

They stressed on the need for the government to assume its full responsibilities in the Gaza Strip as stated in the reconciliation agreement.

The CEC welcomed the factions’ call, stating that it is the right of Palestinians to choose their representatives.

The factions left the call up for President Mahmoud Abbas to set a date for the elections, following consultations with the various political and civic powers in the Palestinian territory.

The Palestinian factions, including Fatah and Hamas, were meeting in Cairo to discuss their reconciliation deal and resolve other issues, mainly elections and security to end their political rift.