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Attacking Democracy

Attacking Democracy

On Sunday, 29 January 2006, in the presence of representatives of the electoral lists, the Central Elections Commission announced the results of the internationally monitored elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), the parliament of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). The Change and Reform list, representing Hamas, obtained 74 seats; the Fatah Movement obtained 45 seats; the remaining 13 seats were won by minority parties. The European Union - Election Observation Mission labelled the election “an open and fairly-contested electoral process,” an assessment with which Al-Haq agrees, having itself monitored the elections. Hamas took control of the parliament and was sworn into office on 18 February 2006.

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