Palestine’s municipal elections will be held only in the West bank and no in the Gaza strip, which is controlled by Hamas, according to the Palestinian high court.
The news came as the municipal elections were thought to be the first since 2006 in which both Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which runs the West Bank, would participate.
"The court orders the implementation of the government's decision on the holding of local elections," Hisham al-Hatoo, court president, ruled on Monday in a courtroom in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
He noted that the judiciary in Gaza did not have necessary “guarantees” in place for holding elections.
The municipal elections had initially been set for October 8, but the court suspended the elections on September 8, following disputes rows between Fatah and Hamas regarding candidate lists.
However, a new date for the suspended polls was not set by the court.
Hamas has described the decision by the court as “political”.
"The high court's decision on the elections is discriminatory and ratifies the division between Gaza and the West Bank,” the resistance movement of Hamas said in a statement.
The decision came days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas participated in Shimon Peres’ funeral.
Hamas has denounced Abbas for taking part in the funeral.