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Israeli shelling on Khan Younis kills 4
Hamas agrees to join unity government ahead of elections
Published Tuesday 17/12/2013 (updated) 19/12/2013 16:05
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A Palestinian holds a sign reading, "Yes to national unity."
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Hamas has officially notified Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas of the movement's decision to join a national unity government which will prepare for upcoming presidential and parliamentarian elections, sources told Ma’an on Tuesday.

The sources, privy to the details, said that Abbas had previously received two phone calls from Hamas' chief Khalid Mashaal and from prime minister of the Hamas-run government in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh.

The two allegedly confirmed to Abbas that Hamas had agreed to join a national unity government with Fatah.

The sources pointed out that Hamas requested that the national unity government serve for six months instead of three as agreed in the 2012 Doha Agreement, one of numerous attempts at reconciliation between the rival Palestinian factions.

Abbas might ask current Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah to lead the unity government, sources said.

The Palestinian president will issue the needed presidential decrees announcing elections after attending a meeting of Arab countries' foreign ministers scheduled on Dec. 21, sources added.

The two main rival Palestinian parties have been on cold terms since 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of the West Bank.
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1 ) Palestinian / Palestine
17/12/2013 12:49
I doubt .... Hamas and all Islamic movements do not believe in unity at all.

2 ) Maureen / Australia
17/12/2013 13:49
Let's get back to the good old days, when Hamas was throwing Fatah party members off Gaza's taller buildings to their deaths, in the streets below.

3 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
17/12/2013 13:54
Wonderful news, especially for the people of Gaza !

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/12/2013 14:56
Even I, a Palestinian patriot, do not believe in an enduring agreement between Fatah and Hamas. Let's be serious, folks.

5 ) Arnold / Canada
17/12/2013 22:50
For the life of me I do not know why these two groups need to reconcile. Let there be a vote in Gaza and the West Bank. The people vote either for the PA or they vote for Hamas. Simple.

6 ) Anwar / Qatar
18/12/2013 16:05
al hamdulliah, what wonderful news. Brother reconciling with brother, sister with sister. Fatah and Hamas are family, now they are reunited again after a short break. what betetr news could the Arab world want, except a free and autonomous Palestinian State, which will soon emerge in shah Allah. Work together now to fight the work of Shataan, and in recognition of our martyrs who gave their lives for this moment in time. May Allah make your path easy and light your way. May He bring peace to ALL

7 ) Mel / USA
18/12/2013 16:20
Maan? You are censoring the balance of comments again! Please post a fair representation of your readers opinions.There is a middle line as well.Not just pro & con Hamas,or PA!

8 ) ringo / united kingdom
18/12/2013 21:33
I honestly don't know why the Palestinian people vote, whoever they elect will not be in any power to do anything, and of course backing the WRONG candidates will only irk Israel.

9 ) spb / us
23/12/2013 04:38
I strongly disagree #8. Pals should exercise their rigth to pretend
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