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Landslide victory for Hamas student bloc in West Bank reflects shift in popular support

Hamas won a large majority in the student elections at Birzeit University in the West Bank, pointing to the movement’s growing popularity at the expense of the divided Fatah movement.
Palestinian students supporting the Islamic Hamas movement.

Hamas’ student wing, the Islamic Wafa bloc, scored a landslide victory in the student elections held May 18 at Birzeit University north of Ramallah with 5,060 votes, thus securing 28 seats. The Shabiba bloc affiliated with Fatah won 3,379 votes, securing 18 seats.

Five blocs competed for the 51-seat student council elections, while a 78.1% voter turnout was registered.

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