Thursday, January 26, 2006

Palestinian Elections


Great to see some semblence of democracy in Palestine this week, with the elections. The Irish Times has a hackneyed picture of inky blue fingers, fresh from voting, on its front page this morning.

Just had a look at their website for some more up to date news, and apparently the entire Palestinian Cabinet from the Fatah faction(also known as the most underworked men in the Middle East..in fairness!!) have tendered their resignations to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Yasser Arafat's successor. This follows rival group Hamas taking control of Parliament this morning and claiming its 70 seat majority in the 132 seat legislature.

Now the Israelis and Americans, and all right minded democrats, are a little antsy at the results, seeing as Hamas are effectively militants with a political front-like the Shinners, and their general aim is the overthrow of the Israeli State. Very pleasant people altogether.. you can see why people like SF and George Galloway are such staunch supporters of the Palestinian cause.

One to watch anyway. From a comfortable distance.

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