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Thursday May 27, 2010 12:01 PM (EST+7)

RAMALLAH, May 27 (JMCC) - The Palestinian People's Party, a small leftist faction, has decided not to participate in a broadly-crafted list in municipal elections this summer, officials said Thursday.

While party officials said they did not object to the idea of running in a list with other factions, they sought to preserve pluralism in the elections by refusing to join a broad coalition.

Parties led by Fateh have sought to band together in one list representing the Palestine Liberation Organization to force the defeat of any independents that might seek to challenge them in July 17 elections.

While Hamas and Islamic Jihad announced this week that they would boycott the elections, it is expected that some Islamist-affiliated independents will seek representation in the West Bank's local councils.

The People`s Party understands the Palestinian political system as pluralistic and based on proportional representation in order to ensure this pluralism, said factional leader Bassam al-Salhi to Voice of Palestine Radio.

In light of the particular circumstances of this election and the absence of Hamas, the People`s Party is not interested in the formation of lists that might win the election by default, or to join one front of all Palestinian forces against specific independent figures.

Salhi said his party would choose in each region whether or not to join lists with other factions.

The course of these elections is being shaped by 2006 parliamentary elections, in which the once-dominant Fateh faced defeat at the hands of Hamas. Since then, Hamas has been outlawed in the West Bank and many of its members arrested, both by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Nevertheless, Fateh seeks to recoup its losses with a strong win in local government.






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