El presidente de la Autoridad Palestina, Mahmud Abbas, ha pedido al primer ministro saliente, Rami Hamdalá, que encabece el nuevo Gobierno de unidad pactado entre Al Fatá y Hamás y con el que ambas facciones aspiran a poner fin a siete años de división.
Palestinians are looking forward to the day when the Fatah and Hamas reconciliation government is finally formed, despite fears that this formation might face last-minute roadblocks, as the scheduled end of May date for its completion approaches.
A new Palestinian "consensus government" to be named by the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Islamist movement Hamas is to be finalised within days, a senior Hamas official said Sunday.
The Central Elections Commission (CEC) announced, in a statement on Monday, the completion of the data entry and processing of information of new registrants during the latest registration exercise that took place from 16-20 March 2014.
The total number of registrants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has reached 1,904,911, i.e. 79.5% of the total eligible registrants who turned 17 years and above, said the statement.
A new Palestinian “consensus government” to be named by the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Islamist movement Hamas is to be finalized within days, a senior Hamas official said Sunday.
Bassem Naim, an advisor to Hamas's premier for the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya, said a senior member of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement, which dominates the PLO, would meet with Hamas officials in Gaza this week to conclude negotiations.
The Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip said on Wednesday it had relaxed a ban on Palestinian newspapers published outside the enclave as a gesture of reconciliation to rival group Fatah after their unity deal last month.
The announcement came two days after Palestinian President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas met Hamas's leader in exile, Khaled Meshaal, in Qatar for their first talks since the unity pact was signed.
A spokesman says Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have held a rare meeting and agreed to move forward with a reconciliation deal between their rival movements.
The Palestinian split goes back to 2007 when the Islamic militant Hamas seized Gaza from the Western-backed Abbas, leaving him with only parts of the West Bank. The split weakened Abbas’ position in peace talks with Israel.
Hamas will never recognize Israel and will not accept the conditions laid out by the Middle East peacemaking Quartet, according to the Islamist movement's deputy leader.
Speaking late on Saturday, Mussa Abu Marzuq said Hamas, which recently signed a reconciliation deal with the Western-backed Palestinian leadership in Judea and Samaria, would never agree to recognize Israel.
"We will not recognize the Zionist entity," he said at a press conference in Gaza City.
A senior member of the Hamas political bureau said on Saturday that his movement is likely to take part in the proposed Palestinian presidential election. Speaking to journalists in Gaza, Mousa Abu Marzouk said that the decision was taken to take part in all elections in Palestine, including parliamentarian, municipal and syndication polls. Asked about the presidential elections, he said that the decision has not been taken yet. "Probably," he admitted.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated on Thursday that if elections were to be held in the Palestinian territories, as Fatah and Hamas have agreed, it is clear that Hamas would win in both Gaza and the West Bank, according to the Times of Israel newspaper.
The newspaper reported that Lieberman told Israel Radio: "It is clear that as soon as Abbas chose to unite with Hamas, it is impossible to make peace with Israel."