bitterlemon interviews Ashrawi

8 August 2007 at 10:40 am | Posted in Hanan Ashrawi, News, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

Last month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he will call for new elections after Hamas took over Gaza.

Elections in Palestinian territories are not due till 2010.

Independent Palestinian lawmaker and 2003 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Dr Hanan Ashrawi supports the idea of elections. In an interview with, an online forum with both Palestinian and Israeli views on various issues, Ashrawi said:

“I think elections are an absolutely necessary instrument of democracy and therefore the only way to settle disputes and allow the public to elect representatives and hold their representatives accountable. Elections are an essential tool for the creation of a responsible system of good governance.”

Click here to read the full interview.  


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