Understanding Hamas' Electoral Victory in Palestine: Causes and Consequences
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Rex Brynen, chair of the Middle East Studies Program at McGill University, argues that Hamas won an overwhelming victory in Palestine not because it ran on an Islamist platform, and perhaps contrary to conventional wisdom, not because it was explicitly against the peace process with Israel. Rather, Hamas won in Palestine for two main reasons. First, it conducted an excellent electoral campaign with good organization, solid candidates, and clear message to the electorate. Second, it promised good and clean governance. Hence, Hamas' strength was its platform against corruption and for social welfare.
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