Hamas, Fatah to 'sign Palestine unity deal on Oct 22'

Egypt has set the signing of a unity deal between the two biggest Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas for October 22, an Egyptian newspaper said.

Hamas, Fatah to 'sign Palestine unity deal on Oct 22'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt has set the signing of a reconciliation pact between the two biggest Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas for October 22, an Egyptian newspaper reported.

Also, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum was quoted as saying on Friday that a national meeting including all Palestinian factions would be held on 19 October in Cairo where he expects every unresolved disunity issue to be finalized.

"The signing formula, which will be approved by all factions, is based on the Egyptian vision for all unresolved issue," Maan was quoted him as saying.

Hamas has agreed to reconcile on issues over holding presidential, legislative and Palestinian National Council elections, the deputy secretary of Fatah's Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub, announced on Thursday.

The information was communicated to Fatah by Egypt, Rajoub said, and added that the country would invite Fatah, Hamas, and the rest of the Palestinian factions to sign the reconciliation agreement in October.

Hamas rules Gaza while secular Fatah faction of President Mahmoud Abbas governs the West Bank.

Delegations from two parties, Fatah and Hamas, held several rounds of unity talks under Egyptian mediation.

Hamas won a parliamentary election in January 2006, ending a near-monopoly on power by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and its dominant faction, Fatah. The government Hamas formed was subject to a crippling boycott by Western aid donors, leading to a unity government between Hamas and Fatah in 2007.
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