Hamas refuses Fatah proposal for elections

Fatah official Maqbul noted that Hamas refused the offer of Fatah, justifying that they wanted to implement all reconciliation issues at the same time

Hamas refuses Fatah proposal for elections

Amin Maqbul, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Fatah Movement's Revolutionary Council, said on Monday that Hamas rejected their proposal for new elections in Palestine.

Issuing a written statement after the meeting of Fatah and Hamas representatives in Gaza held late Sunday to discuss political reconciliation, Maqbul noted that Hamas movement declined the idea of holding legislative, presidential and general elections to end the division between Fatah and Hamas Movements.

He stressed that general elections is "a good step to end the split that has been going on since 2007," referring to Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip and the ensuing political division from the West Bank, where Abbas is ruling.

At the meeting, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party proposed elections to maintain the legitimacy of political institutions as both sides failed to agree on other primary reconciliation issues.

Hamas refused the offer of Fatah, justifying that they wanted to implement all reconciliation issues at the same time, Maqboul added.

Reminding that Fatah and Hamas had earlier agreed on holding elections within 3 months and setting up a national reconciliation government, Maqbul remarked that "There are no visible efforts towards elections since the agreement signed 3 months ago. Palestinian people lost their trust in the national reconciliation file."

However, Hamas Spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri argued that "The proposal by Fatah is not possible within the present period of time", underlining Hamas' commitment to the agreement on a national reconciliation government.

Since the dissolution of the last unity government in June 2007 by President Abbas, Fatah has dominated the Palestinian government in the West Bank while Hamas has led a separate government in Gaza.

With repeated rounds of talks and reconciliation agreements failing to reunite the Palestinians under a single government, delegations of Fatah and Hamas, met on May 14 in the Egyptian capital of Cairo as the last obvious effort towards national reconciliation, and agreed on a roadmap of general elections within 3 months and setting up a national reconciliation government.

Hamas has always rejected elections before outstanding controversial issues are resolved, including the reform of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the security services' structure, social reconciliation and the formation of a transitional unity government.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ağustos 2013, 16:48
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