If Fatah and Hamas do not reconcile by the end of the year, President Mahmoud Abbas has stated that he will call for elections in 2009. «If the dialogue does not begin, and if we fail, I will issue a presidential decree early next year calling for simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections,” Abbas told members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation,» according to Alertnet.
Read: The Independent, “We talk or go to polls, Abbas tells Hamas,” 24 November 2008, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/we-talk-or-go-to-polls-abbas-tells-hamas-1032216.html.
Read: Alertnet, “Abbas says may call for Palestinian elections,” 23 November 2008, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LN465569.htm.
Read: Alertnet, “Abbas raises Palestinian election, Hamas say No,” 23 November 2008, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LN485444.htm.
Read: AFP, “Abbas to call snap elections if Hamas talks fail,” 23 November 2008, http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081123/wl_afp/mideastpalestinianpolitics_081123202854.
Read: AP, “Abbas to Hamas: Unity or early elections,” 23 November 2008, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081123/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_palestinians_politics_2.
Read: BBC, “Abbas threatens early elections,” 23 November 2008, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7744624.stm.