Fatah supporters celebrating after receiving unofficial election results in the Gaza Strip on Friday. (AP)
Fatah beats out a strong Hamas in municipal elections
By Arnon Regular, Haaretz
Correspondent and Agencies Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah movement narrowly fended off a strong challenge by the Islamic militant group Hamas in local elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, with Fatah winning 56 percent and Hamas 33 percent of the vote. The corruption-tainted Fatah had feared defeat in Thursday's elections, but unofficial election results indicated the party won in 45 of 84 communities. However, Hamas established itself as a major political player, winning 23 of the contests, including in the three biggest towns - Qalqilyah, Rafah and Beit Lahia. Final official results are expected only Sunday but Qalqilyah's next mayor will likely be from Hamas.
For me the most telling pull quote was the following;
In the remaining 16 communities, neither side won a clear majority, with independents or smaller factions getting the most votes.
obviously there is plenty of fear out there. Which to choose? Fatah, the corrupt violent party of Ararat or Cold Blooded murders Hamas?........decisions, decisios..........