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Author(s): Samir A. Awad
I. Historical Background The Palestinian Authority was established in 1994 as a consequence of the Israeli-Palestinian “Peace Process”, or as it came to be known, the Oslo Accords. Elections played a very important role in the construction of the Palestinian Authority right from the start. The first round of general political elections for the Legislative Council in 1996 resulted in Fateh winning a clear majority of 55 out of 88 seats of Parliament. The landslide victory of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the second Palestinian legislative elections in 200…