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Palestinian election delay leaves $8 million in limbo

A Palestinian court's decision to postpone local voting creates a financial quandary.
Palestinian judges discuss a petition to suspend municipal elections, at the High Court office in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman   - RTX2ON47
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The Palestinian Supreme Court's decision to delay local council elections has resulted in an estimated $8 million debt and many questions about how those funds were spent and how they will be repaid.

Palestinian political circles were preoccupied with the local elections scheduled for Oct. 8 until the Supreme Court decided Sept. 8 to postpone the vote, in part because of disagreements over candidate lists between Fatah and Hamas. The court was expected to revisit the issue Sept. 21, but delayed any ruling until Oct. 3. 

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