This gated community near Ramallah may be one reason Palestinians distrust their government.
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A gated community of villas with well-tended flower gardens near the West Bank town of Ramallah may help explain why Palestinians almost universally believe there is corruption in the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.The breakdown of trust is likely linked to overall dissatisfaction with Abbas' performance after 10 years in power, twice his lawful term. A recent poll found that almost all Palestinians – 95.5 percent – believe there is corruption in Abbas' government. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said his government is vigilant about stamping out any corruption.The Palestinian political system atrophied as a result of the 2007 split that produced separate governments – one run by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the other by Abbas and his Fatah group in autonomous enclaves in 40 percent of the West Bank.Abbas and Khaldi attended the compound's opening in 2010 .The compound was built by a housing cooperative that obtained public land for 60 percent of its market value, said a government official with knowledge of such land transfers.Abbas then installed Hamdallah, an academic without political experience.For example, out of the government's development budget of $17.9 million for the first three months of 2014, $9.4 million went for Abbas' small presidential plane and $4.4 million for "other" expenses.
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