Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has announced that parliamentary elections set for 17 July will be postponed. In a public decree, he said he wanted to allow more time to resolve a dispute over changes to the election law. Mr Abbas said a new date would be set after talks with the Palestinian factions and law makers. The move has been condemned by militant group Hamas, which correspondents say had been poised to do well in its first run at a legislative poll. ... Mr Abbas did not set a new date for the election, but Palestinian officials have talked about a delay of several months. ... The postponement will please many in Mr Abbas' Fatah party because they want more time to prepare for the poll, the BBC's Barbara Plett reports from Jerusalem. The [FATAH] movement is in disarray and tarnished by a reputation for corruption and inefficiency, our correspondent says.
DELAYED BY DECREE! OF COURSE ELECTIONS ARE DELAYED BY DECREE, BY FIAT!
Peace will reign in the Middle East only AFTER "Arab democracy" is no longer an oxymoron! And because of George W. Bush, IRAQ will lead the way!