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Fatah bloc comes out first in Bethlehem University elections

From: Maan News Agency

April 1, 2015 10:07 P.M. (Updated: April 2, 2015 6:21 P.M.)
















BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Fatah-affiliated student bloc on Wednesday won more than half of the seats in closely-contested university elections at Bethlehem University.

The "Jerusalem and Return" bloc, whose name is a reference to Palestinian rights in Jerusalem and the right of return of refugees expelled by Israel in 1948, won 18 out of 31 seats in the university's student union elections.

The other 13, meanwhile, went to the leftist "Watan" (Nation) bloc.

Voter turnout in the elections was 62 percent out of a total of 2,689 eligible voters.

Student elections in Palestine are sometimes considered bellwethers of wider political trends as universities are hubs of student activism.
Bethlehem University is one of the most prominent universities in the West Bank.

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