NEW YORK, ALRAY - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Friday’s decree from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to hold parliamentary, presidential and Palestinian National Council elections, beginning in May this year.
“The holding of elections in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza will be a crucial step towards Palestinian unity”, said a statement issued on behalf of António Guterres on Saturday which would give “renewed legitimacy to national institutions, including a democratically elected Parliament and Government in Palestine.”
The UN chief said he hoped that the planned parliamentary elections in May, and presidential vote in July, would “contribute to restarting a process towards a negotiated two-State solution based on the pre-1967 lines, and in accordance with relevant UN resolutions, bilateral agreements and international law.”
He said the UN stood ready to support all efforts on the part of Palestinians to be able to exercise their full democratic rights.
Mr. Guterres also called on Palestinian authorities “to facilitate, strengthen and support women’s political participation throughout the electoral cycle.”