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BZU president applauds student council election process

April 18, 2019 3:04 P.M. (Updated: April 18, 2019 4:23 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President of Birzeit University (BZU), Abdullatif Abu Hijleh, applauded the student council election process held on Wednesday at the university, saying the students exhibited responsibility and leadership, as well as preserved democratic values.

Abu Hijleh commented on the results of the university elections, “Our students have broken the barriers that hurdle the normal democratic process in Palestine.”

He added, “With historic and responsible young leaders, Birzeit University has throughout the years been able to maintain the values of democracy and secured the rights of freedom of expression and free speech, thereby stressing the importance of maintaining unity in the Palestinian strive for justice and equality.”

A total of 9,041 out of 11,830 eligible student voters, or 78% of the student body, participated in the elections held on Wednesday on campus.

The final results showed the two main blocks, the Fatah bloc, received 4,056 votes and the Hamas bloc received 3,997 votes, both securing 23 seats each of a total seats of 51. Meanwhile, the Democratic Progressive Student Pole received 5 seats and the Student Unity Bloc was unable to secure any seats.

Abu Hijleh continued, “Amidst the hardships that Palestine must endure due to political fragmentation and the Israeli occupation. We are required - as an academic institution and part of the Palestinian socio-economic, political and cultural spheres - to approach our basic freedoms and rights boldly and to uphold our academic freedom.”

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