Jan. 9, 2005 Held


Occupied Palestinian Territories

Election for Palestinian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:802,077
Valid Votes:744,246
Invalid Votes:30,672

Vote Share by Candidate:

Mahmoud ABBAS 'Abu Mazen'501,448


Mustafa BARGHOUTHI156,227


Tayseer KHALED26,848


Abd Al Halim AL-ASHQAR22,171


Bassam AL-SALHI20,844


Sayyed Hussein BARAKEH10,406


Abd Al Karim SHBAIR5,717

Election Results Modified: Jun 21, 2024

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of Acting President of Palestine

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Acting President Rawhi FATTUH *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei
  • Assembly: Palestine has a unicameral Legislative Council with 88 seats.

* Rawhi Fattuh became acting president on November 11, 2004 following the death of Yassar Arafat.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Acting President is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Legislative Council 88 members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms.***

*** According to The Revision of The Third Draft of the Constitution of the State of Palestine, the House of Representatives should consist of 150 members elected to five-year terms.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Mahmoud ABBAS 'Abu Mazen'
    • Party: Palestinian National Liberation Movement (FATEH)
  • Mustafa BARGHOUTHI
    • Party: Independent Candidate
  • Tayseer KHALED
    • Party: Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • Abd Al Halim AL-ASHQAR
    • Party: Independent Candidate
  • Bassam AL-SALHI
    • Alliance: People's Party of Palestine
  • Sayyed Hussein BARAKEH
    • Party: Independent Candidate
  • Abd Al Karim SHBAIR
    • Party: Independent Candidate

Last Presidential election:

  • The last election was held on January 20, 1996. Yassar Arafat received 88.2% of the vote defeating Miss Samiha Khalil who received 11.5% of the vote.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 3,636,195 (July 2004 est. - combination of Gaza and West Bank figures)
  • Registered Voters: 1,092,407 ( 2004 )
Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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