Hamas leader derides Abbas’s decision to delay Palestinian vote as a ‘coup’

The Palestinian Hamas movement slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision on Thursday (April 29) night to delay a long-awaited Palestinian vote, calling his move “a coup.” “This represents a coup against the path of partnership and national consensus. Our popular and national consensus cannot be pawned as collateral for the agenda of a faction,” Hamas said. Abbas told a meeting of the Palestinian leadership on Thursday night that he was delaying the first Palestinian elections in over 15 years. The 86-year-old Palestinian president has continued to serve despite his mandate expiring in 2009.