first political contest

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The Palestinian high court in Ramallah has ruled upcoming municipal elections will be held in the West Bank only, excluding the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, in a move that effectively cancels the anticipated first political contest in a decade between the rival Fatah and Hamas in both territories.
He reiterated allegations of intimidation and irregularities in the poll, the first political contest between the ruling right and the opposition left since an anti-government demonstration turned deadly in January.
IT'S only January 10, and already the battle lines have been drawn in the first political contest of the year.