A Hamas delegation has arrived in Egypt to participate in talks to restore Palestinian unity and resolve the dispute over the term of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. According to Palestinian law, presidential elections must be held every four years. That means that Abbas’s term officially ends in January 2009. However, the law also states that presidential and parliamentary elections must be held at the same time, which they say extends his term to January 2010. Hamas has stated that they will no longer recognize Abbas as president after January 2009.
Read: Maan News, “Hamas leaders arrive in Cairo for unity talks on Tuesday night,” 7 October 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=32385.
Read: Maan News, “Azzam Al-Ahmad: Unity agreement first, talks second,” 7 October 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=32383.
Read: Maan News, “Khreishah: Hamas kidnapped PLC name, illegal elections the ransom,” 7 October 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=32368.
Read: Reuters, “Hamas takes its turn at reconciliation talks, 7 October 2008, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L7514657.htm
Read: AFP, “Hamas delegation in Egypt for Unity Talks,” 7 October 2008, http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081007/wl_mideast_afp/mideastpalestinianpoliticsegypt_081007170807.
Read: AFP, “Palestinian PM calls for ‘non-factional’ unity government,” 7 October 2008, http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081007/wl_mideast_afp/mideastpalestinianpoliticsegyptbelgium_081007150201.
Read: AP, “Hamas lawmakers say Abbas must call elections,” 7 October 2008, http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_10657961?source=rss.