Palestinian Local Election Set for May, Likely Without Gaza

RAMALLAH (AP) -

The Palestinian self-rule government in Yehudah and Shomron has set May 13 as a new date for municipal elections after infighting between Hamas and Fatah groups derailed such a vote last year.

The Islamic terror group Hamas is unlikely to permit voting in the Gaza Strip, which it seized in a violent 2007 takeover. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum says the group rejects Tuesday’s decision by Fatah on the new election date.

Hamas sat out local elections in 2012. The last general election, with both Hamas and Fatah competing, took place in 2006. Since then, their rivalry has prevented new general elections.