The Palestinian Elections: Beyond Hamas and Fatah

Issue Date July 2006
Volume 17
Issue 3
Page Numbers 131-137
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January's remarkably free and affair parliamentary elections broke the PLO's long-standing monopoly over Palestinian politics. As future free elections unfold, the prospects for a multiparty system await testing through the creation of a third option that is distinct from what Fatah or Hamas represents. For Palestinians who love democracy; believe in moderation; long for peace, prosperity, and improved governance; and want to honor national and religious sentiments within a humane and well-built framework of liberal constitutionalist political principles, the time to act is now.