According Maan News Agency, Hamas-affiliates told the London-based Al-Hayat newspapars that Hamas has yielded to pressure from the Yemeni president to hold early elections if the caretaker cabinet is restructured.
Hamas also calls for a cancellation of a series of presidential decree that followed the Hamas militakeover of the Gaza strip in June 2007. (See decrees here: JMCC, The most significant Presidential Decrees issued on June – July 2007: http://www.jmcc.org/goodgovern/07/eng/presidentdecrees07.htm)
Read entire article here:
Maan, “Behind the scenes at Sanaa, bargaining and concessions on both sides”, 24 March, 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28440
The initiative was signed on Sunday 23 March by Azzam al-Ahmad, Fatah’s parliamentary speaker, and senior Hamas representative Moussa Abu Marzouk.
Main points of the Yemen agreement:
- a return to the framework accords laid in Mecca¨
- the creation of another unity government
- the reform of security forces along national rather than factional lines
- holding new Palestinian elections.
There is, however, disagreement as to the interpretation of the document. Hamas argues that the agreement is a framework for dialogue, whereas Fatah seems to argue that the document is a plan ready for implementation.
The Palestinian presidency released a statement saying, “Resumption of dialogue in the future must be based on the Yemeni initiative as a whole, rather than dealing with it as a framework for dialogue, which will lead nowhere.”
Read relevant articles here:
Maan, “Hamas and Fatah at odds over interpretation of Yemeni-brokered agreement”, 24 March 2008, http://www.palestinianbasiclaw.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=59.
Maan, “Fatah leaders warn of repercussions of failure of Yemeni initiative”, 24 March 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=28463
Reuters, “Palestinian factions sign Yemen reconciliation deal”, 23 March 2008, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L2329828.htm