Hamas wins student election at top Palestinian university

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The Palestinian's leading university in the West Bank says the Islamic militant group Hamas has won student council elections.

A Birzeit University spokesman on Wednesday announced the election results, saying Hamas won 25 seats, followed by the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which won 21. The left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine won five seats.

Election results at Birzeit are seen as a barometer of the political mood in the Palestinian territories.

Ahmad al-Ahmad, head of the students department at the university, says the election went smoothly.

Hamas has won elections at the university over the past two years, beating Fatah as Abbas' popularity has declined over his failure to bring about statehood and frustration at local governance.