The Palestinians of the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem will, on 9 January, elect the second president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), ending the process of power transfer that began with the death of Yasser Arafat.
The election has been the focus not only of a great deal of diplomatic and media attention from the international community but also from ordinary Israelis and Palestinians
The interests foregrounded by the Palestinian presidential election are multiple, though not necessarily contradictory. While one should not underestimate the significance of the Palestinian presidential elections, neither should one overstate their importance.
Khalil, Asem. Electoral Limits. In: Al-Ahram Weekly, n.724, 6-12 January 2005.
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