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UPDATED: 09:37, June 19, 2005
Palestinian parliament approves legislative election law
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The Palestinian parliament approved a new election law on Saturday, paving way for holding legislative elections that had been scheduled in mid-July but were postponed later.

The law was passed during a session held in the West Bank city of Ramallah and Gaza city, parliamentary sources said.

According to the sources, 43 parliamentary members (MPs) voted for the amended law, 14 others voted against it and one abstained.

Under the new law, the number of MPs will be increased to 132, with half of which elected by districts and the other half by proportional representation.

The amended law was proposed by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas after he accepted and approved it last week.

After the law is passed, the ball is now back in Abbas' yard because he has to set up a new date for holding the elections.

Two weeks ago, Abbas issued a presidential decree to postpone the elections that were due to be held on July 17, saying there was not enough time to hold them as scheduled without a new election law.

Source: Xinhua


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