Hamas wins local elections in Gaza
JPost Staff and AP, THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 28, 2005
The Hamas has won an overwhelming victory in Gaza Strip local elections,
Palestinian election officials said Friday.
Hamas reportedly won 77 out of the 118 seats in 10 districts. Official
results are to be published at 11:00 a.m.
The ruling Fatah party won 26 seats, independents took 14 and the radical
Popular Front won one seat, the officials said.
A Hamas spokesman said it was a victory of democracy, adding that the
results expressed the Palestinians' disgust of corruption and their hope for
change, Israel Radio reported.
Thousands of Hamas supporters celebrated the election victory in a rally
Friday in Gaza City, waving Hamas flags and distributing candy. Supporters
chanted: "Hamas is the real way to reform and rebuilding."
"We consider this victory as the victory of the Palestinian people," said
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. "It's not the victory of somebody against
somebody, the competition was to serve our people's interests."