Palestinian Officials May Cancel Elections

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The Palestinian Authority will cancel Jan. 25 parliamentary elections if Israel goes ahead with its plan to bar Jerusalem Palestinians from voting, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday.

"If the Israelis insist on not allowing us to conduct the elections in Jerusalem, then there will be no elections at all," Information Minister Nabil Shaath said.

Israeli officials said Wednesday that Israel would not allow Jerusalem Palestinians to vote because it objects to the participation of Hamas militants in the race, and does not want to help bring its candidates to power.