Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that his movement was informed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had agreed to holding presidential and legislative elections.
In a joint press release with head of the Palestinian Central Election Commission Hanna Nasser, Haniyeh expressed “his high appreciation” to this effort aimed at making arrangements necessary for holding Palestinian elections.
Haniyeh reiterated the necessity to hold a national summit to discuss all details related to Palestinian election, highlighting the movement’s constant commitment to holding such elections.
At the general national level, Haniyeh continued, this move which was coupled with the factional stance towards Palestinian elections was met by “relief” by the Palestinian people, as it “has opened the door” for achieving a true reconciliation, restructuring the Palestinian House, and working jointly to get out of the current bottleneck.
Haniyeh pointed out that allied states and the Arab League have welcomed this step, adding that they have expressed their willingness to monitor Palestinian elections.
The Hamas chief added that the general outlines proposed by Palestinian factions to secure a successful election process were discussed during the meeting.
The discussions were taking place in a positive and responsible atmosphere, Haniya explained.
Highlighting the right to vote for Palestinians, Haniyeh stressed that elections represent a challenge as it will be held in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem as well.
Haniyeh welcomed head of the Central Election Commission Hanna Nasser’s visit to Gaza, expressing his deep appreciation to Palestinian factions for their national positions and determination to end the intra-Palestinian rift.