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Abbas Modifies Palestinian Election Laws to Marginalize Hamas

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a new election law aimed at bolstering his Fatah party against rival Hamas.

The law requires all candidates to respect the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is dominated by Fatah, as the sole representative of the Palestinian people.

The PLO recognizes Israel, while Hamas calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. Under the new law, Palestinians will vote only for party lists. Voting by district will be eliminated. In the last legislative elections, half the seats were chosen by party list and the other half by districts.

Mr. Abbas fired the Hamas-led unity cabinet in June after the Islamic militant group seized the Gaza Strip in fighting with the president's forces.

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