Bethlehem - Ma'an - The US State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative looks to support Palestinian democracy by empowering citizens "to raise demands with their local government" Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Tamara Wittes explained. Speaking with Ma'an during her visit to the region, Wittes - an expert in Middle East democracy and former Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute - explained what she saw as the role of MEPI in Palestine, whose government exhausted its term on 25 January but continues to lead with no elections in sight. Maan News Agency: US official hopes Palestinians demand democracy What is this idiot talking about? The last time there was an election in Palestine, the US had a coup and kicked the government out. How can they hold elections with an illegal government in power?