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Palestinian elections on hold until further notice

The reconciliation government has yet to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, as Hamas and Fatah accuse each other of stalling this democratic process.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (4th L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (3rd L) pose for a group photo with Palestinian ministers during a swearing-in ceremony of the unity government, in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 2, 2014. Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday after overcoming a last-minute dispute with the Hamas Islamist group. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3RT7N

RAMALLAH, West Bank — It has been five months since the formation of the national unity government, which has yet to achieve its most important task: preparing for the presidential and legislative elections.

There are indicators according to which the ballot boxes will remain closed until further notice, as politicians and observers say that no elections will be held anytime soon.

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