[JURIST] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Wikipedia profile] Saturday issued a decree officially delaying the scheduled July 17 parliamentary elections in the Palestinian Authority [official website] to allow time to settle a disagreement over election law changes. Holding up the vote is a dispute over the method for picking candidates. The delay is likely to please Abbas' Fatah party [party website in Arabic], currently reeling from recent charges of corruption. Militant group Hamas [Wikipedia profile], experiencing a surge in support in recent local elections, opposes the delay. No new election date has been set, and observers expect no vote for several months. BBC News has more.