Palestinian high court judges sit at the court in Ramallah on October 3, 2016, before announcing that upcoming municipal elections will be held only in the West Bank and not in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. AFP / ABBAS MOMANI
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The Palestinian high court in Ramallah, amending an earlier ruling, decided Monday that municipal elections can be held, but only in the occupied West Bank and not in the Hamas Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip.The ruling could bring to an end hopes that the municipal elections would be the first polls since 2006 in which both Islamist movement Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah, which runs the West Bank, would participate.Some analysts saw Abbas' decision to call for the municipal elections as a failed gambit since he may have been hoping Hamas would repeat its 2012 boycott.It was not clear if Hamas would still attempt to do so following the court ruling.
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