World Inter-Palestinian agreement on an electoral calendar
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PALESTINIANS-POLITICS-ELECTION: Inter-Palestinian agreement on an electoral calendar
GAZA / RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Hamasm and Fatah of Fatah Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, said on Wednesday that he had agreed to hold elections within six months, after two days of talks in Istanbul.
The two rival movements relaunched the reconciliation process after the conclusion of the agreement to normalize relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
"The two parties have agreed in principle to hold elections within six months," said Sami Abu Zouhri, on behalf of Hamas. Djibril Radjoub, secretary general of Fatah, confirmed the agreement.
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Mahmoud Abbas will fix the electoral calendar by decree, he continued, adding that the legislative elections would take place before the presidential election, which will itself be followed by the election of the Palestinian National Council, considered as the parliament of the Organization. of the Liberation of Palestine (PLO), the highest decision-making body.
Hamas, which Israel and many Western countries regard as a terrorist organization, seized the Gaza Strip in June 2007. Since then, all attempts at rapprochement with the Palestinian Authority have failed.
Both condemned the August 13 agreement between Israel and the Emirates, which Bahrain subsequently joined, and fear that it would call into question the position of Arab countries, which had hitherto been withdrawing from Israel. the occupied territories and the creation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, the conditions for the normalization of their relations with Israel.
(Nidal Almughrabi and Ali Sawafta, French version Jean-Philippe Lefief, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)
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