The New York Times is reporting on Hamas’s strong showing in the local Palestinian Elections today:
The militant group Hamas made a surprisingly strong showing in local Palestinian elections, according to preliminary results obtained Friday,
signaling a drop in popularity for the ruling Fatah movement before next month’s presidential poll.
According to preliminary results obtained by The Associated Press, Fatah won a majority of council seats in 14 towns, while Hamas, taking part for the first time in Palestinian elections, took control in nine.
Hamas has been at the forefront of anti-Israeli violence, carrying out suicide bombings and other attacks, even as it has emerged as the strongest political challenger to Fatah, the Palestinian Liberation Organizations faction formerly led by Yasir Arafat.
This is democracy? Hamas elected to lead nine towns.
Wake me up please.