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Palestinian court deals election blow to Hamas

[JURIST] A Palestinian court has thrown out election result in parts of Rafah [map], a town in the Gaza Strip where Hamas [Wikipedia backgrounder] had made a strong showing. Supporters of the Fatah [Wikipedia backgrounder] movement, led by President Mahmoud Abbas [Wikipedia profile], praised the court's decision to cancel the results in 51 of the 141 polling stations after finding irregularities in ballot boxes and voter registration lists. Hamas had won 12 Rafah council seats to just 3 Fatah seats. Leaders of Hamas have downplayed the ruling and said they expect to do even better in the as yet unscheduled re-vote. Aljazeera has more.

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