Nine Fatah candidates withdraw from movement’s electoral list

Members of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission hang a sign reading in Arabic 'voter information and registration centre' in Al-Khalil-Hebron, February 2021(Hazem Bader - AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  April 2, 2021

As many as nine members of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah – withdrew on Thursday from the movement’s electoral list for parliamentary elections just as the Central Elections Commission closed registration for the polls.

Fatah candidate in Gaza, Riad al-Astal, announced on Facebook that he had withdrawn from the movement’s electoral list to protest “the irresponsible decision to ignore the number of votes in Khan Yunis,” as well as the disregard of popular opinion and conduct that was not representative of Fatah’s spirit.

“Returning to that which is right is better than persisting in dishonesty;” he said in reference to the withdrawal of his nomination.

Al-Astal explained that more than five reputable electoral lists had offered him to join them, however he refused their offers.

“I apologise to all these lists, and I wish them further progress and success,” he added.

Another Fatah candidate in Gaza, Professor Muhammad Abu Hamida who had also withdrawn from the movement’s electoral list said he had taken his decision for reasons that he will keep to himself.

Elsewhere, in the West Bank, unknown gunmen opened fire on the home of a Fatah candidate in the southern governorate of Hebron shortly after he officially announced joining the movement’s list.