This week, a Hamas delegation is meeting with Egyptian officials in Cairo this week in initial preparations for comprehensive unity negotiations in October. According to Maan News, Hamas is willing to set up a government which will include technocrat figures and members from several factions. Hamas would relinquish the premiership, but has negotiated a handful of ministry posts that would remain under Hamas control. Hamas demands that the new government follow the Mecca agreements. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, however, prefers to follow a program set out by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Read: Maan News, “Hamas delegation in Egypt agrees to formation of reconciliation government for Gaza,” 28 September 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=32236.