Palestinian schoolgirls walk past campaign posters displaying electoral lists ahead of municipal elections in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 10, 2017. AFP / THOMAS COEX
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Palestinians vote in municipal elections Saturday in the West Bank, but not in the Gaza Strip, illustrating the persistent inability of rival movements Fatah and Hamas to overcome deep divisions.The election Saturday will involve 1.1 million voters.A poll published by the respected Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research suggested only 42 percent of Palestinians wanted to vote.Some 22 percent said they do not believe the election will help reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. Forty-nine percent said Hamas was making a mistake in not participating, while 31 percent said it was not.
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