Middle East

Rivals Hamas, Fatah gear up for first election since 2006

In this Jan. 7, 2005 file photo, an election campaign banner showing then presidential candidate Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, at left and the late Yasser Arafat hangs in Jerusalem. Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah are gearing up for their first contest at the polls since 2006 -- a vote for 425 mayors and local councils in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Sept. 8, 2016. Each side hopes the election will give it a foothold in what has been the other's exclusive territory since mutual





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