1/26/2006

The Palestinian Vote

According to the Elections Committee, voter turnout for the Palestinian election reached 73% by the time the polls closed.
A Bir Zeit University exit poll released earlier that evening had predicted Fatah holding a slim lead over Hamas, with Fatah projected to win 63 seats and Hamas taking 58. However, unofficial results indicate that Hamas won at least 75 seats in the 132-member parliament. Fatah has never lost, and it would appear that at least some of the votes for Hamas were punishment votes.
Still one has to wonder if selecting a terrorist organization to govern one's wannabe country is the best way to punish a political party. And yet, it's not as though Fatah was a particularly savoury choice, either.

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