ATLf> the last prime minister Palestinians ever elected
Prime Ministers are not directly "elected".
ATLF> Prime Ministers are elected indirectly through parliament seats
Still wrong. Prime Ministers with the most votes get an opportunity to form coalitions.
Haniyeh was NOT elected by the Palestinian people or parliament as Prime Minister.
ATLF> It has nothing to do with "votes" but seats. And Hamas, a party represented by Haniyeh in the legislature, won a majority, making a coalition unnecessary (though of course forcefully imposed). Even had Hamas gained only a plurality, the option of forming a minority government was theirs to take.
Nuance, like math, isn't his forte. The voters didn't know the outcome at the time they voted. As he himself said, they were voting for "seats", not for Prime Minister.
In some parliamentary systems the PM is voted for directly. That was NOT the case here.
(If it was, Haniyeh might not have been elected.)
There was a power sharing agreement, known as the Mecca Agreement, brokered by the Saudis and violently broken by Hamas.
ATLF> It was violated by the PA who were hell-bent on launching a coup. Which they did.
Salam Fayyad and Rami Hamdallah were appointed Prime Ministers.
In accordance with the Palestinian Constitution.
Unlike the Hamas terrorist "government", which has no basis in law.
ATLF> Abbas violated the Constitution by appointing a new (unelected) government.
Given the violent Hamas coup, Abbas had the power to appoint a PM and did so.
The last directly elected President is Abbas.
ATLF> the nature of the elections, which were designed to be a transition to a parliamentary system of government.
Did you make that up, too? That the PA Constitution, which outlines these powers, was in "transition"?!
Hamas won a plurality of votes (44%) in a legislative election.
And then seized all power (including executive and judicial) in a violent coup.
One that is only supported by 20% of Gazans, and of course by AyaTrolLiar founcer.
Our Hamas apologists celebrate and glorify it.
ATLF> [proudly so]
Hamas is the party that has blocked further elections and the trolls have tried to justify that by saying that the electorate new Hamas and that they would suspend democracy and thus that is legitimate. (As if a minority of 44% can vote to suspend democracy?!)
ATLF> [crawled back under his rock]
ATLF> Abbas is seven years beyond his term, in what was supposed to be a figurehead presidency.
Suddenly you are against the suspension of democracy?
The office of President in the PA constitution is not that of a figurehead.
For example, laws passed by the legislature must be ratified by the President (Article 80).
The President also heads the Council of Ministers (120) and during a state of emergency (124).
The President is the "supreme head" of the national security forces (126).
Other armed militias (e.g. Hamas) are outlawed (153).
ATLF> Hamas has no power to call fresh elections. That authority rests with Abbas, who is too afraid.
If it wanted to, Hamas could hold elections just within Gaza. It doesn't want to.
It is Hamas that has generally blocked further elections (which the useless idiots previously excused).
ATLF> [ignored again]
Abbas is 80. I don't expect him to run, assuming elections are ever held again.
ATLF> We won't be rid of him until someone hammers a stake into his heart.
Yup, that's how much he hates this "quisling", because he has forsaken violence.
ATLF> Haniyeh, the elected [sic] prime minister, would defeat Abbas if a Presidential election were held today by over 10 percentage points.
The usual half-truth fail. The very next sentence from his source:
|| if the competition is between Marwan Barghouti, for Fatah, and Haniyeh, the former would win by a margin of 18 percentage points
Furthermore, while it is true that the present poll puts Haniyeh 11 points ahead of Abbas, this has not been the case over time. Right after the violent Hamas coup, Fatah polled 10 points ahead of Hamas, with Abbas beating Haniyeh by 7 points (Barghouti by a whopping 24 points).
So we see why Hamas rejected new elections then, despite 75% of the people supporting that.