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Palestine’s crippled legislative authority

The absence of a Palestinian Legislative Council has had detrimental effects on legislative practices in Gaza, making Palestine’s move toward totalitarianism more conceivable.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd L) attends Friday prayers in a mosque in the West Bank city of Jericho May 1, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RTX1B4FL
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Armed clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip on June 7, 2007, following Hamas’ win in the legislative elections. The clashes resulted in Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip and President Mahmoud Abbas declaring a state of emergency. The legislative branch drew its last breath as the Palestinian Legislative Council slipped into a deathly coma from which it has yet to emerge.

Despite the fact that the reconciliation government was sworn in June 2, 2014, it has failed to set the stage for presidential and legislative elections, just as Fatah and Hamas have failed to implement the provisions of the reconciliatory Beach Refugee Camp Agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas on April 23, 2014, which called for the resumption of the Legislative Council’s work and the establishment of a consensus government.

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