Palestinians hit the polls on PA election day

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 | 
More than 1 million Palestinians flocked to the polls Wednesday in the first parliamentary Palestinian Authority elections in a decade. Polling stations were located throughout the Samaria, Judea, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. The PA declared a state of emergency in order to ensure secure elections. Israeli police were also deployed in East Jerusalem to prevent Jewish extremists from disrupting the voting. "We are so happy with this election festival," PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said after casting his vote in Ramallah. "So far, it's going very well and we hope it will keep going well until the end without any troubles." Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said that the ruling Fatah Party would support the militant Hamas group if they win. Meanwhile, former US president Jimmy Carter confirmed at the Herzliya Conference that if Hamas wins the elections and doesn’t change their terrorist policy, the US will not work with them to establish a Palestinian state. Photo: Jerusalem Moslems voting in the PA elections in an East Jerusalem post office.

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