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Haniyeh: Interference in Palestinian affairs impedes unity
Published Friday 22/02/2013 (updated) 23/02/2013 21:40
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday blamed external intervention in Palestinian affairs for hindering national reconciliation.

"We started to see a new wave of external interventions in the Palestinian decision-making process aimed at impeding the ongoing reconciliation efforts," Haniyeh said after Friday prayers at Khan Younis mosque in southern Gaza.

Haniyeh said Hamas' commitment to reconciliation was demonstrated by its decision to allow the Central Elections Commission to update the electoral roll in Gaza. The CEC completed voter registration on Wednesday.

"This move wouldn’t have been accomplished without the positive atmosphere and the honest intentions which prevailed during the Cairo talks and the responsible decision taken by the Gaza government and embraced by Hamas," the premier said.

The decision showed that Hamas is not afraid of elections, he said, adding that "legislative and presidential elections and elections of the Palestinian National Council should be carried out simultaneously."

Other unresolved issues should be addressed at the same time, he said.

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1 ) Outlier / USA
22/02/2013 18:18
Talk about arrogance and hypocrisy! Apparently he does not consider Hezbollah and Iran "outside interference" in Hamas!

2 ) Mack / US
22/02/2013 19:48
He is totally afraid of elections.

3 ) matt / usa
22/02/2013 21:04
Actually having 2 governments for 1 people impedes unitity

4 ) brian cohen / ps
23/02/2013 23:53
they were elected by the people democratically the west doesnt know what they want , the west wants division and status quo
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