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Ex-US president Carter urges Palestinian elections

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas (right) shakes hands with former US president Jimmy Carter during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 2, 2015Former US president Jimmy Carter on Saturday urged Palestinians to hold elections to end the de facto division of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Islamist-run Gaza Strip. He was speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the Palestinian political capital Ramallah in the West Bank. “We hope that sometime we’ll see elections all over the Palestinian area and east Jerusalem and Gaza and also in the West Bank,” said Carter, a member of the independent Elders Group of global leaders. In 2006, a year after Abbas was elected, Hamas won the most recent Palestinian legislative elections.

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