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  • Palestinians will hold their first national elections in 15 years on.

  • While many welcomed the announcement on Friday, many are also skeptical they will bring any change or even happen it all.

  • President Mahmoud Abbas said the parliamentary and presidential elections would be held later this year in a bid to heal a long standing divisions.

  • His main rival, the militant Islamist group Hamas that runs the Gaza Strip, welcomed the move.

  • The Palestinians, Reuters spoke thio.

  • We're cautiously optimistic way we're in need of a democratic framework that could bring radical change, whether in the government or the national council that has been in place for years, which needs renewal and young blood to build a free democratic nation.

  • It is built on a lie.

  • The Palestinian Territories thing is a 100% good decision merited for over 15 years, if not more.

  • We're supposed to be initiating a state and thus should have democracy and democracy is elections.

  • The split territory is plagued by political infighting and distrusts of institutions.

  • The announcement is widely seen as a gesture aimed at pleasing US President elect Joe Biden.

  • Palestinians are keen to reset relations after they reached a low under Donald Trump.

  • It's not clear whether 85 year old Abbas, who is in poor health, is going to run.

  • A December poll by the Palestinian for Policy and Survey Research found 52% of Palestinians think elections held under present conditions would not be fair and free if Hamas won 76 per cent thought fatter.

  • The party led by Abbas would not accept the result.

  • 58% believed Hamas would reject a fatter victory.

  • Gaza is a Hamas stronghold, while Abbas its power bases in the Israeli occupied West Bank.

  • The two groups have failed to achieve lasting reconciliation on previous election pledges went unfulfilled.

Palestinians will hold their first national elections in 15 years on.

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