Palestinians vote in West Bank poll

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Palestinians vote in West Bank poll

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Palestinians in the West Bank are heading to the ballot box for the first time in six years.

Seats on local councils across the Palestinian territories are up for election, in a poll that has been repeatedly delayed.

The Islamist group Hamas, which holds power in the Gaza Strip, is boycotting the vote.

“We don’t recognise the legitimacy of this election, we call for it to be stopped in order to protect the unity of the Palestinian people and to protect the Palestinian land,” said Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza.

President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party is facing challenges from dissidents and a variety of independents in the election, including the West Bank’s first all-female political party.