Azzam Al Ahmad, a member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement “Fatah”, announced on September 24 that he had agreed with the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” to hold general elections soon.
According to Anadolu Agency, Al Ahmad explained that the deal was approved during talks held in Turkey and that these elections will be held in the territories of the Palestinian Authority.
On the sidelines of a meeting of PLO factions in Ramallah, the Palestinian official also let it be known that “the legislative (parliamentary) elections will be followed by the presidential elections, then the elections of the National Council (the parliament of the PLO)”.
“In a few days, when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be informed of all the details, he will publish the decrees for the implementation of this approach”, he added before insisting that “without Al Quds (Jerusalem) , there will be no elections ”.
It should be noted that no comment on the results of the talks that took place in Turkey was issued by “Hamas”, while Hussein Al Sheikh, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, claimed on Twitter that “the dialogue in Turkey was positive, fruitful and constructive ”.
The meetings of Hamas and Fatah began in Turkey on September 22. The Fatah delegation is headed by the Secretary of the Movement’s Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub, while the Hamas delegation is headed by Saleh Al Arouri, deputy head of his political bureau.
The Palestinian scene has been divided since June 2007, after Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip while Fatah ruled the West Bank. Many agreements and mediations have failed to restore internal unity.