Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s government has sacked the mayor of Qalqilya, Wajih Qawas, and his 15-member council. The reason was alleged financial mismanagement by the council. Qawas has been replaced by a Fatah loyalist until new local elections can be held. While West Bank financial minister Khaled Qawasmeh charges the town’s debt has more than quadrupled since Qawas was elected in 2005, Qawas himself argues that he was sacked for political reasons.
Hamas has controlled about 60 Palestinian local authorities in the West Bank, since a municipal elections in 2005.
Read: Reuters Alertnet, “Abbas sacks Hamas mayor in West Bank, citing debt”, 12 September 2009, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LC348036.htm