A Palestinian girl stands next to a mock weapon as Hamas student supporters take part in a rally celebrating the winning of the student council election at Birzeit University in the West Bank city of Ramallah April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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As relations between rival political factions hit rock bottom and with the prospect of a general election ever more distant, some Palestinians are left with a single voting outlet – student elections.The annual student council vote has all the flavor of a general election, pitting Fatah and Hamas, the two main political blocs, against each other.At Birzeit University, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, two candidates traded jibes this week in a staged debate before voting that suggested these elections are based less on campus issues and more on which party the students support.According to Aref Jafal of the Arab World Democracy and Electoral Monitor, the student vote allows both parties to exert their influence on an impressionable student population.
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